"African Americans and Africa" by Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden

African Americans and Africa A New History Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden

Publication date:
09 Jul 2019
Yale University Press
280 pages: 235 x 156 x 25mm
24 b-w illus.

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.

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.