The Journal of African American History

The Journal of African American History is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes scholarship on African American history. The Journal of African American History includes research and reviews.

Articles from Summer

Life Questions: Memories of Women Civil Rights Leaders
On the cover of the program brochure for the Public Forum "Louisiana Women in the Civil Rights Era: From Memory to Education" are photographs of two very different and important community activists in the New Orleans struggle for black freedom. On...
Paul Robeson and the Black Press: The 1950 Passport Controversy
In late July of 1950, acting on orders from J. Edgar Hoover, FBI agents in New York City set out to find Paul Robeson, ordinarily a highly visible figure. After searching for several days they managed to contact him by phone, and he agreed to meet...
Reconsidering the "Forced" Exodus of 1829: Free Black Emigration from Cincinnati, Ohio to Wilberforce, Canada
In late August 1829, whites, determined to enforce old laws deterring black settlement in the state of Ohio, provoked an exodus of over half the black population from the city of Cincinnati. Typically, antebellum mob action directed toward free blacks...
The Banneker Literary Institute of Philadelphia: African American Intellectual Activism before the War of the Slaveholders' Rebellion
There can be no more effective manner of elevating our people than by a spread of literature, and no more speedy way of demonstrating to those in authority in our government that we are susceptible of the highest degree of mental culture and worthy...
W.E.B. Du Bois and Jews: A Lifetime of Opposing Anti-Semitism
The decline of comity in Black-Jewish relations during the past thirty years has been acknowledged by several scholars on both sides of this ethnic divide. (1) Unfortunately, as Cornel West has observed, "there was no golden age in which blacks and...