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. 94, No. 2, Spring

African American Perspectives on Political Science
Wilbur C. Rich, ed., African American Perspectives on Political Science. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007. Pp. 456. Cloth $89.50. Paper $32.95. Conventional political science in the United States is a historical and social science discourse...
American Pogrom: The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics
Charles L. Lumpkins, American Pogrom: The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2008. Pp. 360. Cloth $55.00. Paper $24.95. Charles Lumpkins provides an important reinterpretation of the 1917 East St. Louis...
Commentary: Reparations for Educational Malfeasance
They tell me there's no money for schools, But I think they're telling me tales 'Cause [Michael] Bloomberg funded our [surveillance] cameras. And they always got money for jails. See what they fund schools with, and then times that by more than three, And...
Garveyism and Labor Organization on the Caribbean Coast of Guatemala, 1920-1921
In an 1896 travel account of Guatemala, Richard Harding Davis described the city of Puerto Barrios, situated in the department of Izabal on Guatemala's short Caribbean coastline between Honduras and Belize, as a frontier railroad town full of "zinc...
"In Common Struggle against a Common Oppression": The United Farm Workers and the Black Panther Party, 1968-1973
The Safeway grocery store at 27th and West Streets in Oakland, California, was closed. The parking lot was devoid of cars, except for that of the manager who probably marveled at the turn of events. Robert Magowan, CEO of Safeway Stores, Inc., had...
Remembering Dr. John Hope Franklin (1915-2009): Executive Council Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Dr. John Hope Franklin was a longtime and dear friend of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and we will miss him greatly. Indeed, Dr. Franklin was active in the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History...
The Making of a Nuclear Engineer, Inventor, and Black: Film Historian: Dr. Henry Thomas Sampson, Jr
Autobiographies and "life-writings" are some of the most valuable primary sources on the African American experience, and autobiography is the most important genre in the African American literary and intellectual traditions. In order to participate...
"Who Divided the Church?": African American Postal Workers Fight Segregation in the Postal Unions, 1939-1962
A spirited debate had broken out on the floor of the 1939 convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) at its birthplace in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was the 50th or "Golden Anniversary" of the largest postal union in the United...