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 Vol. 96, No. 2, Spring

African Americans in the International Imaginary: Gerald Horne's Progressive Vision
The figure of W. E. B. Du Bois has become the exemplary model for black scholars in the United States and beyond. Historian Gerald Horne numbers among those who have captured some of Du Bois's sensibility--his learning, his energy and self-discipline,...
Amy Abugo Ongiri, Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic
Charlottesville University of Virginia Press, 2009. Pp. 223. Paper $22.50. Cloth $55.00. In Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic, Amy Abugo Ongiri brings the cultural legacy...
Black and Red: Black Liberation, the Cold War, and the Horne Thesis
This essay examines the groundbreaking scholarship of historian Gerald Horne, focusing particularly on what I term the "Horne thesis": the argument that white supremacy and anticommunism were the major forces shaping post-World War II life and politics...
Combing the Archive, Tracing the Diaspora: The Scholarship of Gerald Horne
The scholarship and scholarly example of Professor Gerald Horne have inspired many historians to follow his lead and travel the world to comb far reaching archives. The author of twenty-seven books and more than a hundred articles published over a...
Internationalizing the Third International: The African Blood Brotherhood, Asian Radicals, and RACE, 1919-1922
In the September 1920 issue of the radical black monthly the Messenger, the anti-colonial activist-intellectual W. A. Domingo concluded a series of articles on black liberation and socialist revolution by asking, "Will Bolshevism Free America?" Though...
Introduction: The Shaping of an Activist and Scholar: Gerald Horne: Contributions to African History and African American Studies
As a seven-year-old paperboy in St. Louis, Missouri, Gerald Horne became a voracious reader of his wares. He started with comic strips and moved on to the sports pages, eventually adding the local news and editorials to his daily study. Horne was not...
One Historian's Journey
I am humbled by the positive attention paid to my work by this prominent group of scholars: I only hope that I can continue to earn the praise they have so lavishly rendered. In my response I would like to elaborate on points raised by Ula Taylor concerning...
Race, Masculinity, and Military Occupation: African American Soldiers' Encounters with the Japanese at Camp Gifu, 1947-1951
In February 1947, the all-black 24th Infantry Regiment was relocated from Okinawa to mainland Japan to join the occupation forces of the U.S. Army as part of the 25th Infantry Division. The 24th Infantry Regiment was stationed at Camp Majestic in Gifu,...
Sketches of Black Internationalism and Transnationalism
Gerald Home's Black and Red: W E. B. Du Bois and the Afro-American Response to the Cold War, published in 1986, was one of my first models of exceptional scholarship. (1) Home's work contextualized the precision, rage, immediacy, and desire that I...