Wilder, Craig S. in the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City
Seraile, William, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History
New York and London: New York University Press, 2001. Pp. 332. illustrations, tables, notes, bibliography, index.
Craig Stephen Wilder offered his book, In The Company of Black Men, as an answer to historians who argued that African American institutional life was derived from white cultural standards. Instead of imitating white existing institutions such as churches and fraternal organizations, Wilder countered that early black institutions in New York City reflected a West African legacy. The thesis of the book as expressed by Wilder is "a reinterpretation of the origins of African American religion by locating the voluntary associations as a West African legacy and the source …
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Publication information: Article title: Wilder, Craig S. in the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City. Contributors: Seraile, William - Author. Journal title: Afro-Americans in New York Life and History. Volume: 26. Issue: 2 Publication date: July 2002. Page number: 108. © 2007 Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.