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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. 91, No. 3, Summer

Bill Clay: A Political Voice at the Grass Roots
Bill Clay, Bill Clay: A Political Voice at the Grass Roots. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2004. Pp. 344. Cloth $32.95. For many years, African Americans have struggled for inclusion in a pluralist political system, not as subordinates,...
Callie House: The Pursuit of Reparations as a Means for Social Justice
"Who Are These Unsung Women" Who are these women Resisting like flares against the darkness and the unseen Who are these flames triumphantly melting the weights of despair like blazing summers Firecracker women penetrating global hailstones of bitter...
Educating the "Native": A Study of the Education Adaptation Strategy in British Colonial Africa, 1910-1936
This essay discusses how examinations were used as an "adaptation strategy" beginning in 1910 when British examinations boards were invited to assist with the conduct of secondary school examinations in colonial territories in Africa. Although adaptation...
From the Margins to the Center: Callie House and the Ex-Slave Pension Movement
Mary Frances Berry's My Face Is Black Is True is best situated within two historiographical, autobiographical, and biographical traditions within African American intellectual history. The first tradition is what John Ernest has labeled "Liberation...
In Search of Callie House and the Origins of the Modern Reparations Movement
I appreciate the comments from these prominent scholars who participated in the ASALH plenary session and this book forum on My Face Is Black Is True. I hope their reactions encourage the widespread acceptance of Callie House and the Ex-Slave Movement...
Their Faces Were Black, but the Elites Were Untrue
In her classic study Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction (1977), Nell Irvin Painter argued that the proper function of black leadership should be to act as servants of the people. She pointed to the example of Benjamin "Pap"...
Toward a Transnational Research Agenda for African American History in the 21st Century
"Globalization" is the buzzword of the first decade of the 21st century, a development which comes as no revelation to close students of African American history, who, after all, scrutinize a people with roots in Africa who now sojourn in North America....
Uplifting Our "Downtrodden Sisterhood": Victoria Earle Matthews and New York City's White Rose Mission, 1897-1907
The youth of our race ... will pay with their bright young lives ... for our ignorance, [and] our sinful negligence in watching over and protecting our struggling working class.... Many of the dangers confronting our girls from the South in the...