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. 31, No. 1, January

Dr. John Henrik Clarke: His Life, His Words, His Works
Anna Swanston, Dr. John Henrik Clarke: His Life, His Words, His Works. Atlanta: I AM Unlimited Publishing, 2003.In her timely book, Dr. John Henrik Clarke: His Life, His Words, His Works, Anna Swanston, Clarke's long-time secretary, fully and convincingly...
"Filling the Gap": Intergenerational Black Radicalism and the Popular Front Ideals of Freedomways Magazine's Early Years, (1961-1965)
In 1965, two years after Paul Robeson returned to the United States from a five-year sojourn abroad induced by vicious red-baiting, Freedomways' managing editor Esther Cooper Jackson and associate editor Jack O'Dell helped organize a tribute for him...
Individual and Organizational Responses to Health Conditions in Harlem, New York, during the Interwar Period
Between 1919 and 1940, Harlem's social activists, health workers, physicians, and politicians mounted a political action and public advocacy campaign to improve health care resources in the community. Protest as a political strategy was only one method...
Ira Aldridge's Relatives in New York City
Ira Aldridge was one of the world's greatest actors, and a good amount has been written about him, (2) but not much is known about his family in New York City. Using statements made by Aldridge himself on playbills, in a diary he kept on one of his...
Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin
John Hope Franklin, Mirror To America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005, xi, 401 pp. Acknowledgements, photographs, index. Cloth $25.John Hope Franklin, the greatest living senior scholar of American...
Out of the Shadows: African Descendants-Revolutionary Combatants in the Hudson River Valley; a Preliminary Historical Sketch
One key battleground in the Revolutionary War of 1776 was the Hudson River Valley, located in the British colony of eastern New York. The valley was a microcosm of other such war theaters in the thirteen mainland colonies in which the British engaged...
Out of the Shadows: African Descendants - Revolutionary Combatants in the Hudson River Valley; A Preliminary Historical Sketch
One key battleground in the Revolutionary War of 1776 was the Hudson River Valley, located in the British colony of eastern New York. The valley was a microcosm of other such war theaters in the thirteen mainland colonies in which the British engaged...
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Geoffrey C. Ward, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004, 475 pages, $25.95.Jack Johnson, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers ever, won the heavyweight title from Tommy Burns in Australia in 1908....
William Henry Seward, the Virginia Controversy, and the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1839-1841
In the summer of 1839 Isaac Gansey, Peter Johnson, and Edward Smith, three African-American sailors from New York who worked aboard the schooner Robert Center, found themselves at the center of a dispute that reflected the growing controversy over...
Women's Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen's Aid Movement
Carol Faulkner, Women's Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen's Aid Movement. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.Carol Faulkner has placed women in the center of Reconstruction in this well-crafted book. She demonstrates the origins...