The Western Journal of Black Studies

Journal focusing on issues regarding the African American experience in the United States.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 3, Fall

Black Americans, Africa and History: A Reassessment of the Pan-African and Identity Paradigms
Abstract The paper critically examines two paradigms that are central to the Africa-Black America nexus: Pan-Africanism and Identity. It contends that the present surge of Pan-African consciousness and moves toward regenerating the Pan-African tradition...
Blacks and High Profile Statewide Office: 1966-1996
Abstract This is a comprehensive and systematic study of the election campaigns of all blacks who have run for high profile statewide office from 1966 to 1996. Using the flagship news dailies for each state where elections were held the author compares...
Exploding the Canon: A Re-Examination of Wallace Thurman's Assault on the Harlem Renaissance
Abstract Although Wallace Thurman is a well-recognized figure of the Harlem Renaissance, scholarly treatments of him tend to misinterpret his role in the period. Thurman's life is usually used as an example of the tragic end of the era or he is...
Family and Community Secrets: Secrecy in the Works of James Baldwin
Abstract This paper explores James Baldwin's treatment of the conditions that cause the secretive language and behavior of his characters as individuals and as members of the Black family, the Black Church and the Black community, and the various...
Headline to Headlights: Oscar Micheaux's Exploitation of the Rhinelander Case
Abstract Oscar Micheaux, an African American writer and filmmaker who has emerged as one of the prolific African American filmmakers in cinema history, promoted and linked several of his films to the court case known as the Rhinelander Case. Rhinelander...
Psychoanalysis and Black Novels: Desire and the Protocols of Race
Psychoanalysis and Black Novels: Desire and the Protocols of Race: New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. pp. xv, 238. Author: Claudia Tate Black psychologists' evaluations of the relevance of psychodynamic concepts to the Black experience...
The Last Ship That Brought Slaves from Africa to America: The Landing of the Clotilde at Mobile in the Autumn of 1859
Abstract In 1858, during a trip to Montgomery on his steamboat, Robert B. Taney, Captain Timothy Meaher conceived of the voyage of the Clotilde. Captain Meaher bet some eastern gentlemen $100,000 that he could bring some Africans to Mobile without...
The Norm of Legitimacy in the Black Family
Abstract Stephen Steinberg (1989: ix) maintains that ethnicity is a myth used to explain differences in group behavior without having to give serious consideration to situational factors. Under this hypothesis ethnicity is a measure of cultural...
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