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. 93, No. 2, Spring

Entertaining Citizenship: Masculinity and Minstrelsy in Post-Emancipation San Francisco
Getting a glass of whiskey on the Barbary Coast had never been difficult. The gold rush meant, among other things, that libations would be plentiful in the towns and camps that sprung up throughout the new state of California. (1) But for African American...
Framing Sexual Citizenship: Reconsidering the Discourse on African American Families
Mr. Kirk: The first question [the Registrar] asked was did I have any illegitimate children. I said, "Not as I knows of If I has, I hasn't been accused of it. " The Registrar said, "You are a damned liar." Vice-Chairman Storey: Said what? Mr....
Introduction-Discourses on Race, Sex, and African American Citizenship
From the mid-19th century and even earlier, African Americans have demanded "first class citizenship," "the full works ... with no reservations ... and nothing less," as black labor leader A. Philip Randolph asserted in 1942. (1) But what exactly is...
"Reckless Eyeballing": The Matt Ingram Case and the Denial of African American Sexual Freedom
In Long Memory: The Black Experience in America (1982), John Blassingame and I included a reference to the 1951 episode in which Matt Ingram, a black tenant farmer in Yanceyville, North Carolina, was charged with assault with intent to rape a white...
The Body, Sexuality, and Self-Defense in State vs. Joan Little, 1974-1975
I ran because it was self-defense. ... [I]f the authorities there [in Beaufort County] had gotten to me before any other body, ... I never would have been here to tell what really happened. Joan Little (September 1974) (1) Sometimes one has to...
The Social Sciences and Theories of Race
Vernon J. Williams, Jr., The Social Sciences and Theories of Race. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006. Pp. 151. Cloth $50.00. Paper $20.00. The Social Sciences and Theories of Race is a small, provocative, and thought-provoking...
What's Sex Got to Do with It? Race, Power, Citizenship, and "Intermediate Identities" in the Post-Emancipation United States
In the past two decades, U.S. audiences have been recipients of numerous popular accounts that seem to show the role of sexuality in destabilizing or confounding expectations of racial difference. For every highly public case, from Thomas Jefferson...