1st Edition

Americans from Africa Slavery and its Aftermath

Edited By Peter I. Rose Copyright 1989
    490 Pages
    by Routledge

    488 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Americans from Africa seeks to convey varying perspectives on the "Black Experience" in the United States and its controversial history. This volume, Slavery and Its Aftermath, deals with four major issues: the extent of African influences on the lives of those enslaved and brought to America, beginning with an essay on "Africanisms in Everyday Life" by Melville J. Herskovits; the impact of slavery on personality and social structure, sometimes called "The Elkins Debate;" similarities and differences in life for African Americans in the South and in the North; and matters of community, class, and family, including the full text of the "Moynihan Report" and several pointed critiques.

    In addition to the commentaries by and on the works of Herskovits, Elkins, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, other contributors to Volume I include Kenneth B. Clark, Mina Caulfield Davis, E. Franklin Edwards, Eugene Genovese, Ulf Hannerz, Charles S. Johnson, Leroi Jones, and Charles Keil.

    The second volume, Old Memories, New Moods, contains essays on the roots of black protest; the background and character of the Civil Rights Movement; interpretations of the impact and significance of Black Power, and varied views on changing self-images of being African American.

    Contents Preface to the Transaction Edition Acknowledgments Contributors Introduction I. The African as Slave Africa and the New Americans 1 Africanisms in Secular Life Melville J. Herskovits 2 The Significance of the African Background E. Franklin Frazier 3 Between Two Cultures Kenneth M. Stampp 4 The Negro Laborer in Africa and the Slave South Eugene D. Genovese 5 Art Not Artifact LeRoi Jones Suggested Readings The Legacy of Slavery 6 Modern Tensions and the Origins of American Slavery Winthrop D. Jordan 7 Slavery in the Old South Ulrich Bonnell Phillips 8 Slavery and Negro Personality Stanley M. Elkins 9 Chattel Slavery and Concentration Camps Earle E. Thorpe 10 Slavery and the Origins of Black Culture: Elkins Revisited Mina Davis Caulfield II. This Side of Jordan Down Home and Up North 11 Uncle Remus and the Malevolent Rabbit Bernard Wolfe 12 The Blackways of Kent Hylan Lewis 13 Growing Up in the Black Belt: Ten Profiles Charles S. Johnson 14 Harlem, My Harlem Claude Brown 15 Urban Blues Charles Keil 16 The Rhetoric of Soul Ulf Hannerz Community, Class, and Family Life 17 Community and Class Realities G. Franklin Edwards 18 The Psychology of the Ghetto Kenneth B. Clark 19 The Negro Family Daniel P. Moynihan 20 The Negro Family and the Moynihan Report Laura Carper 21 New Trends in Civil Rights Benjamin F. Payton 22 Some Social Consequences of Research on Racial Relations Melvin M. Tumin Suggested Readings Index


    Peter I. Rose