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Americans from Africa
Slavery and its Aftermath

Edited By

Peter I. Rose

ISBN 9781412863285
Published January 30, 1989 by Routledge
490 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Transaction Edition

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
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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
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