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. 33, No. 1, January

African American Historiography and Community History Preservation: A Position Paper
When Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 and The Journal of Negro History the following year, those acts led to the institutionalization of the study of African American history. During the...
Contested Ground: Hinterland Slavery in Colonial New York
In pre-Columbian times along the mighty Hudson River, extending in a radius of a hundred miles on either side from its point of origin in the north to its estuary far to the south on the Atlantic Ocean, lay a pristine world of bucolic and serene landfall....
Dr E.E. Nelson: Founder of the Buffalo Cooperative Economic Society
During the several decades following the "great migration" of Afro-Americans to the northern cities, the economic and social problems confronting northern black communities became more intense. In their quest to find solutions to those problems, and...
Look for Me All around You": Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the Harlem Renaissance
Louis J. Parascandola, "Look For Me All Around You": Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the Harlem Renaissance (Wayne State UP, 2005). Writing in The Crisis in September, 1920, W. E. B. Du Bois commented on the significance of the many Caribbean...
Myths and Truths: The Civil Rights Movement and African Americans on the Southern Tier of Upstate New York
The Civil Rights Movement is commonly thought of as a southern movement to eradicate Jim Crow segregation, or as a "freedom Struggle" which broke down the barriers of a vicious southern racial caste system. Not until that movement reached beyond its...
Napoleon V. Lemmon: Antebellum Black New Yorkers, Antislavery, and Law
In Lemmon v. the People (1860), New York's highest court declared that slaves traveling through the state with their holder were "free". (1) The decision further fueled an angry national debate on slavery, constitutional principles, and state powers....
The Life and Times of Samuel H. Davis: An Anti Slavery Activist
In an article titled, "The Antebellum Reform Movement of Black Buffalonians," published in The Courier Express Magazine, (Buffalo, NY, Courier Express, 26 October, 1975), 26, historian Monroe Fordham states, In 1843, Buffalo (New York) hosted The...
This Issue of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History Is Dedicated to the Memory of Dr. Ralph Watkins
RALPH WATKINS, 1943-2007 Ralph R. Watkins passed away on September 18, 2007. He was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2005, was treated but had a recurrence in July of 2006. He was hospitalized at the end of August 2007 for the last time. Ralph died...