The Journal of African American History

The Journal of African American History is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes scholarship on African American history. The Journal of African American History includes research and reviews.

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 3, Summer

A "Triumph of Justice" in Alabama: The 1960 Perjury Trial of Martin Luther King, Jr
Throughout his years as a civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., had many encounters with various state and federal authorities, was jailed a number of times, and was no stranger to the defendant's chair in criminal prosecutions. His pursuit...
Capitalism & Slavery and Caribbean Historiography: An Evaluation
Few works have undergone such detailed historical analysis as Eric Williams' Capitalism & Slavery, published almost sixty years ago. (1) This book has elicited both acclaim and criticism, especially over the last three and a half decades. However,...
Dr. Jim Crow: The University of North Carolina, the Regional Medical School for Negroes, and the Desegregation of Southern Medical Education, 1945-1960
In February 1951, just before the controversy began to heat up over admitting the first African American student to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Dean Walter Reece Berryhill received a letter from J. Charles Jordan, president...
Eric Williams and the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission: Trinidad's Future Nationalist Leader as Aspiring Imperial Bureaucrat, 1942-1944
Eric Williams (1911-1981) was one of an illustrious cohort of colonial leaders who led their countries to independence in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Most of these men had campaigned for years in the political trenches. Some, such as Jomo Kenyatta of...
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Carter G. Woodson
Open Letter to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University from The Executive Council--Association for the Study of African American Life and History 28 March 2003 Dear Dr. Gates: As you may know, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and others founded the...
Introduction: Symposium on the Life and Writings of Eric Williams
"History ... to inform of [the] past as an essential guide to ... future action."--Eric Williams, 31 August 1962 Earlier versions of the following three papers were presented at the 87th annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African...
They "Could Never Have Too Much of My Work": Eric Williams and the Journal of Negro History, 1940-1945
On 7 August 1939, Trinidad-born Eric Eustace Williams, just a few days short of his twenty-eighth birthday and fresh from magnificent academic triumphs at Oxford University, arrived in the United States to take up an appointment as Assistant Professor...
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