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.
About the Author
Nemata Blyden is associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of West Indians in West Africa, 1808–1880: The African Diaspora in Reverse.
“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