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Africana Studies: History and Culture of the African Diaspora


Books on History and Culture

Books pertaining to the history and culture of the African Diaspora.

The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities edited by Isidore Okpewho, Carole Boyce Davies, et al.
E29 .N3 A49 1999  Check Availability
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"These essays contribute to the debate between those who believe that the African origin of blacks in western society is central to their identity and outlook and those who deny that proposition. The contributors ponder the key questions underlying that controversy. Their 33 essays are divided into five main parts: The Diaspora: Orientation and Determinations; Addressing the Constraints; Race, Gender, and Image; Creativity, Spirituality, and Identity; and Reconnecting with Africa."
The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam by Eve Troutt Powell
DT16.5 .A37 2002  Check Availability
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"John Hunwick (Shari'a in Songhay) and Eve Troutt Powell (A Different Shade of Colonialism) have gathered (and briefly annotated) primary sources from the Koran, Islamic historians and theologians, non-Muslim anthropologists and others to end 'the silence surrounding the experience... of African slaves in the Islamic Mediterranean.' Though this 'other' slave trade spanned nearly 10 centuries, no definitive history exists; The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam offers scholars and students insight into the relationships between the brutal culture of slavery and the rich traditions of the Islamic world."
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Africans in the Americas: A History of the Black Diaspora by Michael L. Conniff, Thomas J. Davis, et al.
DT16.5 .C68 2002  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_BooksDiaspora_AfricansintheAmericas.jpg From the book cover:
"Africans in the Americas presents a comparative and comprehensive survey of the African diaspora in the Western Hemisphere from the arrival of the first Africans to contemporary times. Organized chronologically, the book begins with a review of the early history of Africa and details its relationship with Europe. Continuing with a comparative history of the slave trade throughout the Western Hemisphere, it then explores the progress of the African experience through emancipation..."
Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000 by George Reid Andrews
F1419.N4 A63 2004  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_BooksDiaspora_AfroLatinAmerica.jpg From the publisher:
"In this, the first history of the African diaspora in Latin America from emancipation to the present, George Reid Andrews deftly synthesizes the history of people of African descent in every Latin American country from Mexico and the Caribbean to Argentina. He examines how African [peoples] and their descendants made their way from slavery to freedom and how they helped shape and responded to political, economic, and cultural changes in their societies. Individually and collectively they pursued the goals of freedom, equality, and citizenship through military service, political parties, civic organizations, labor unions, religious activity, and other avenues. Spanning two centuries, this tour de force should be read by anyone interested in Latin American history, the history of slavery, and the African diaspora, as well as the future of Latin America."
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Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora by Joseph E. Harris
DT16.5 .G58 1993  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_BooksDiaspora_GlobalDimensionsoftheAfricanDiaspora.jpg From the book cover:
"Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora collects selected essays from the First and Second African Diaspora Institutes and other essays... New essays that examine the African experience and slavery in the Mediterranean, the black experience in Brazil, African religious retentions in Latin American countries, and essays by women that focus on the experience and contributions of African women of the diaspora address significant areas omitted in the first volume."
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Invisible Sojourners: African Immigrant Diaspora in the United States by John A. Arthur
E184.A24 A78 2000  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_BooksDiaspora_InvisibileSojourners.jpg From the preface:
"The cultural polyphony of Africans has become a noticeable aspect of the urban landscape of major metropolitan centers across the United States. Throughout America, African immigrants make significant contributions to the cultural and economic enrichment of this country. Their contributions in the areas of medicine, higher education, and engineering have been chronicled in major newspapers. Largely invisible and unknown to many Americans, these Africans are becoming some of the continent's most educated and dynamic people."
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The New African Diaspora in North America: Trends, Community Building, and Adaptation by Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang, Baffour K. Takyi, et al.
E184.A24 N49 2006  Check Availability
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"The New African Diaspora in North America brings together sociologists, social workers, geographers, economists, anthropologists and others to explore the African immigrant experience from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The contributors shed light on the factors behind the increasing wave in African immigration to the U.S. and Canada, the socio-economic characteristics of African immigrants, their spatial distribution, obstacles, and contributions."
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Women and Religion in the African Diaspora: Knowledge, Power, and Performance edited by R. Marie Griffith and Barbara Dianne Savage
BL458 .W66 2006  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_BooksDiaspora_WomenandReligion.jpg From the publisher:
"This landmark collection of newly commissioned essays explores how diverse women of African descent have practiced religion as part of the work of their ordinary and sometimes extraordinary lives. By examining women from North America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Africa, the contributors identify the patterns that emerge as women, religion, and diaspora intersect, mapping fresh approaches to this emergent field of inquiry."
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Pan Africanism in the African Diaspora : an Analysis of Modern Afrocentric Political Movements by Ronald W. Walters
DT16.5 .W35 1997  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_BooksDiaspora_PanAfricanism.jpg From the book cover:
"In Pan Africanism and the African Diaspora, Ronald Walters presents a brilliant analysis of modern Pan Africanism. Walters, a distinguished scholar of African American politics, cultivates new ground in the study of Pan African organizations and their political activities inside Black communities." - James Turner, Professor of African and African American Political Philosophy and Director of the African Studies & Research Center, Cornell University
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