The mid-twentieth century witnessed international locations throughout Africa combating for his or her independence from colonial forces. by way of studying black americans' attitudes towards and responses to those liberation struggles, James Meriwether probes the transferring which means of Africa within the highbrow, political, and social lives of African americans. Paying specific realization to such very important figures and agencies as W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., and the NAACP, Meriwether incisively makes use of the black press, own correspondence, and oral histories to render a remarkably nuanced and various portrait of African American opinion.
Meriwether builds the ebook round seminal episodes in sleek African historical past, together with nonviolent protests opposed to apartheid in South Africa, the Mau Mau battle in Kenya, Ghana's force for independence lower than Kwame Nkrumah, and Patrice Lumumba's homicide within the Congo. Viewing those occasions in the context in their personal altering lives, particularly in regard to the U.S. civil rights fight, African american citizens have constantly reconsidered their dating to modern Africa and vigorously debated how most sensible to translate their matters into motion within the foreign arena.
Grounded in black american citizens' encounters with Africa, this transnational historical past sits astride the best problems with the 20th century: race, civil rights, anticolonialism, and the intersections of household race kin and U.S. overseas relations.
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