By James H. Meriwether

The mid-twentieth century witnessed international locations throughout Africa battling for his or her independence from colonial forces. by way of reading black americans' attitudes towards and responses to those liberation struggles, James Meriwether probes the moving which means of Africa within the highbrow, political, and social lives of African americans. Paying specific recognition 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 booklet round seminal episodes in sleek African heritage, together with nonviolent protests opposed to apartheid in South Africa, the Mau Mau conflict 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 always reconsidered their dating to modern Africa and vigorously debated how top to translate their matters into motion within the foreign arena.

Grounded in black americans' encounters with Africa, this transnational heritage sits astride the prime problems with the 20 th century: race, civil rights, anticolonialism, and the intersections of household race kin and U.S. overseas relations.

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