African American Review

Founded in 1967, the African American Review is a quarterly journal published by St. Louis University, located in St. Louis, Mo. Its subject matter is literature and black publications. Its managing editor is Aileen Keenan.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, Fall

Haiti and Black Transnationalism: Remapping the Migrant Geography of Home to Harlem
Why did Occupation & Uplift come in? As a capitalistic empire, we needed surplus markets; and Haiti lay at our side entrance. Moreover, it fell within the allotted sphere of influence of the National City Bank of New York. The history of Haiti...
In Spite of It All: A Reading of Alice Walker's "Everyday Use"
Perhaps the most resonant quality of quiltmaking is the promise of creating unity amongst disparate elements, of establishing connections in the midst of fragmentation. (Kelley 176) Walker's peculiar sound, the specific mode through which her deepening...
Neither Fish, Flesh, nor Fowl: Race and Region in the Writings of Charles W. Chesnutt
The Supreme Court's decision in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case is notorious for having sewn racial segregation into the fabric of American society. One of the decision's less obvious results was that it gave official sanction to the "one-drop" rule....
Revolutionary Suicide in Toni Morrison's Fiction
"[On the slaveships, some Igbos] wished to die on the idea that they should then get back to their own country. The captain in order to obviate this idea, thought of an expedient viz. to cut off the heads of those who died intimating to them that if...
Sugarcane as History in Paule Marshall's "To Da-Duh, in Memoriam"
There might not be a region of the world that reflects the history of colonialism in its various phases in a more direct way than does the Caribbean. Its very population is a direct result of the African slave trade, European migration, and later immigration...
"The Kindergarten of New Consciousness": Gwendolyn Brooks and the Social Construction of Childhood
We watch strange moods fill our children, and our hearts swell with pain. The streets, with their noise and flaring lights, the taverns, the automobiles, and the poolrooms claim them, and no voice of ours can call them back.... We cannot keep them...
The Map and the Territory: An Interview with Michael S. Harper
The interview that follows was produced in a three-part process. The initial question-and-answer sessions took place in Providence, Rhode Island, during June 1997 and August 1998. Audio recordings of these meetings were made in Harper's loft, in his...
W. E. B. Du Bois vs. "The Sons of the Fathers" [1]: A Reading of the Souls of Black Folk in the Context of American Nationalism
In his discussion of W. E. B. Du Bois's essay "On Alexander Crummell," the twelfth chapter of The Souls of Black Folk, Eric Sundquist implicates Du Bois in a patrilineal descent of African American political thought: One of Crummell's early addresses...
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