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African Americans and Africa

A New History

Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden


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An introduction to the complex relationship between African Americans and the African continent
What is an “African American” and how does this identity relate to the African continent? Rising immigration levels, globalization, and the United States’ first African American president have all sparked new dialogue around the question. This book provides an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and Africa from the era of slavery to the present, mapping several overlapping diasporas. The diversity of African American identities through relationships with region, ethnicity, slavery, and immigration are all examined to investigate questions fundamental to the study of African American history and culture.

Praise For African Americans and Africa: A New History

“[A] highly readable and informative account.”—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

“A highly readable and informative account. . . . Highly informative.”—Christine Levecq, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Throughout this brilliant book, the author presents the many ways in which efforts for equality by blacks in America and in Africa influenced and motivated each other."—Bullus Gago, Anglican and Episcopal History

“An important book which provides a much-needed and accessible primer on African American identity in a global context.”—R. Joseph Parrott, Journal of Southern History

“Blyden has produced a fascinating book on the relationship between African Americans and the African continent from the era of slavery, to the late-nineteenth-century movements to return African Americans to West Africa, to the twentieth-century civil rights movement, to the eventual presidency of Barack Obama in the twenty-first century.”—Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Affairs

“Blyden has filled a gap in the scholarship on the relationship between African Americans and Africa by offering a synthetic narrative that contextualizes African American history firmly within the history of the African Diaspora.”—Jeannette Eileen Jones, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

“Nemata Blyden has mined the relationship between African Americans and Africa to produce an impressive volume that covers African American connections with Africa from the era of the slave trade to the present.”—Robert R. Edgar, Howard University

African Americans and Africa examines perceptions of Africa based in the reality of experience and construction through propaganda and stereotypes.”—Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin

Yale University Press, 9780300198669, 280pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 2019

About the Author

Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden is associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University.