The United States and Africa: Background Papers Prepared for the Use of Participants, and the Final Report of the Thirteenth American Assembly, Arden House, Harriman Campus of Columbia University, Harriman, New York, May 1-4, 1958

The United States and Africa: Background Papers Prepared for the Use of Participants, and the Final Report of the Thirteenth American Assembly, Arden House, Harriman Campus of Columbia University, Harriman, New York, May 1-4, 1958

The United States and Africa: Background Papers Prepared for the Use of Participants, and the Final Report of the Thirteenth American Assembly, Arden House, Harriman Campus of Columbia University, Harriman, New York, May 1-4, 1958

The United States and Africa: Background Papers Prepared for the Use of Participants, and the Final Report of the Thirteenth American Assembly, Arden House, Harriman Campus of Columbia University, Harriman, New York, May 1-4, 1958

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Africa is now in the twentieth century. Remnants of the nineteenth linger, but the days of head porters and talking drums are numbered in Africa. Already a few of the Congo pygmies have learned to exploit the passing tourist.

The problems of Africa are the twentieth century problems of fitting African peoples and emergent African states into the world community. That is the central theme of this book.

The several authors are specialists who have devoted careful attention to the African scene as it relates to their particular disciplines. They endeavor to analyze the political, economic, and social forces that dominate Africa today. They have taken as their point of departure the assumption that what happens in Africa is of concern to Americans; and we need not here expound the familiar themes of the shrunken world and the modern interdependence of people.

America has a moral interest in Africa. One in every ten Americans can claim descent from Africa, and our greatest domestic moral problem is bound up with the Negro peoples of that continent -- a problem which has

WALTER GOLDSCHMIDT is Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and editor of the American Anthropologist, the organ of the American Anthropological Association. He made an ethnological study of a Uganda tribe under a Fulbright research grant, has traveled extensively in Africa, and has engaged in a number of anthropological and sociological studies. He is author of As You Sow, Small Business and the Community, Nomlaki Ethnography, Ways of Mankind, Readings in the Ways of Mankind, and numerous articles.

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