Afro-Americans in New York Life and History

A scholarly journal that presents original research on the life and history of African Americans in New York State. Issues such as race relations and racial attitudes are addressed. Includes reviews of books in the subject area. For students and academici

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, July

Andrew J. Smitherman: A Pioneer of the African American Press, 1909-1961
"A.J. Smitherman is not only a very able journalist, a truly loyal race man and an eloquent speaker, but he is one of the heroes of the race." Monroe Trotter, Editor and Publisher of Boston Guardian, 1934 From the time of their inception,...
An Ellis Island of the Soul: Eric Walrond and the Turbulent Passage from Garveyite to New Negro
At the height of its popularity, Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) had more than two million followers. (2) Garvey's defiant Black Nationalist organization resonated with an international audience and became the largest...
"Only Draw in Your Countrymen": Akan Culture and Community in Colonial New York City
Shortly after noon on March 18, 1741, fire alarms sounded at Fort George--headquarters of British royal government in New York. Beginning on the roof of the governor's residence, flames quickly spread to nearby buildings. The combination of high winds...
Political Power and Passive Citizenship: The Implications of Considering African American Prisoners as Residents of Rural New York State Districts
Between the early 1970s and the late 1990s, the number of prisoners in the State of New York soared. The majority of these prisoners were African Americans who used to live in New York City, but served their sentences in upstate rural prisons. This...
Slavery in Albany, New York, 1624-1827
In 2005, the New York Historical Society opened an exhibit titled "Slavery in New York," bringing attention to the fact that slavery was not limited to the South. Fourteen years before, in 1991, the discovery of human remains by construction workers...
The Harlem Friendship of Joel Augustus Rogers (1880-1966) and Hubert Henry Harrison (1883-1927)
My dear Mrs. Harrison, Nothing will ever be able to express my greatest sorrow and surprise when I visited the home of a friend yesterday and saw a copy of the Amsterdam News with the headline "Hubert Harrison Dies." It seems impossible that...