The Journal of Negro History

Provides information on African American life and history, including the unique facets of African American history, including the first major scholarly analysis of the hip hop movement.

Articles from Vol. 85, No. 3, Summer

Count Them Too: African Americans from Delaware and the United States Civil War Navy, 1861-1865
Sellano L. Simmons [*] The United States Civil War remains one of the most gruesome, but significant events in the nation's history. For four years, from 1861 to 1865, as this war waged on, human beings killed one another in unprecedented numbers....
Nikki Giovanni and Rita Dove: Poets Redefining
Jennifer Walters [*] Throughout the centuries, African-American women have acted as agents in their own history, and in doing so defined themselves, for themselves, their communities, and the larger society. Nowhere has this been more apparent than...
Revisiting the Jordan Thesis: 'White over Black' in Seventeenth-Century England and America
Karl E. Westhauser [*] It seems natural that African-American studies and global studies should invigorate and reinforce each other. After all, it was globalization that led to the enslavement of Africans in the Americas in the first place, while...
Reviving Oroonoko
Khary Polk [*] From literature the African was excluded altogether. He was not supposed to have expressed any thought worth knowing. The philosophy in the African proverbs and in the rich folklore of the continent was ignored to give preference...
Revolutionary Black Nationalism: The Black Panther Party
Jessica Christina Harris [*] The purpose of this paper is to take an in depth look into the Black Panther Party, the major champion of a form of Black Nationalism commonly known as Revolutionary Nationalism. My interest in the topic was sparked...
The Displacement of Cotton Workers in Sumter County, South Carolina, 1930-1960
Agricultural mechanization and New Deal legislation of the late 1930s and early 1940s hastened the demise of the southern tenant cropping system. Many black agrarians responded to the economic and social transformations in southern society by migrating...
The Persistence of Memory
Michael Twitty [*] "...(H)istory holds no mystery for us ... I teach kings the history of their ancestors so that the lives of the ancients might serve them as an example, for the world is old, but the future springs from the past."--The Epic of...
"There Are No Slaves in France": A Re-Examination of Slave Laws in Eighteenth Century France
Samuel L. Chatman [*] The French held tightly to the maxim that "There are no slaves in France." This maxim is a potent element of the French national ideology and serves to foster a romanticized view of racial egalitarianism in French society....
The Rise of Black Phoenix: African-American Migration, Settlement and Community Development in Maricopa County, Arizona 1868-1930
Matthew C. Whitaker [*] Phoenix is the largest city in the Southwest and one of the largest urban centers in the country. It has developed a popular reputation as a desert oasis, a "Phoenix," which has risen from ancient Hohokam Indian ruins, bursting...
THROUGH WHITE EYES: THE 154th NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE CIVIL WAR
Mark H. Dunkelman [*] A train steamed away from the depot at Jamestown, New York, late on the afternoon of September 29, 1862. Aboard were approximately 950 white men and teenaged boys, newly mustered into the service of the United States as the...
W.E.B. Dubois, Thomas Jesse Jones and the Struggle for Social Education, 1900-1930
Donald Johnson [*] Between 1912 and 1918, Progressive educational reformers initiated a radical restructuring of secondary education that included, among other changes, a shift in the general curriculum from History to Social Studies. The educational...