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. 91, No. 4, Fall

Afterword: Frederick Douglass and W. E. B. Du Bois on the Consciousness of the Enslaved
The slaveholder, kind or cruel, is a slaveholder still--the every hour violator of the just and inalienable rights of man; and he is, therefore, every hour silently whetting the knife of vengeance for his own throat. Frederick Douglass, My...
A Harvest for the People: P. Sterling Stuckey, Activist and Scholar
After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world,--a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but...
A Question of Origins: The Social and Cultural Roots of African American Cultures
The question of African survivals in African American cultures in the New Worlds has been the subject of a long and intriguing controversy among scholars, with the emphasis of late being placed on the tracing of origins. Some scholars have argued that...
Carter G. Woodson Distinguished Lecturers, 2006-2007
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History and The Journal of African American History are pleased to present the list of the Carter G. Woodson Distinguished Lecturers for 2006-2007. These lecturers are among the leading scholars...
Introduction: Germany on His Mind-"Das Neue Vaterland"
The year 1888 was an important one for W. E. B. Du Bois. He was chosen valedictorian of his class at Fisk University in Tennessee, and also was admitted to Harvard University for further education, a goal he had desired for many years. What is surprising...
Introduction-P. Sterling Stuckey: In Praise of an Intellectual Legacy
And, finally, need I add that I who speak here am bone of the bone and flesh of the flesh of them that live within the Veil? W. E. B. Du Bois (February 1903) On 21-22 May 2004, dozens of scholars, colleagues, and friends from across the United...
On Anchoring a Generation of Scholars: P. Sterling Stuckey and the Nationalist Persuasion in African American History
For African American historians and scholars who achieved intellectual maturity during the 1960s, P. Sterling Stuckey's early work was at once challenging and reassuring. I well remember my own first encounter with his scholarship, particularly the...
Reflections on the Scholarship of African Origins and Influence in American Slavery
Ye dark-skinned peoples, listen to me: Our fathers did not play about with names. To hear their names is to know their origin, Every name a veritable testament! Tobosun Sowande, Black Lines, 1970-72 Some three years ago, at an Association...
Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia
William A. Link, Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. Pp. 387. Cloth $45.00, paper $22.50. Thomas Jefferson, although a beneficiary of the institution, warned fellow...
Songs of Remembrance
The publication of P. Sterling Stuckey's 1968 essay, "Through the Prism of Folklore: The Black Ethos in Slavery," marked a defining moment in research of African American cultural history by challenging stereotypical treatments of slave life and culture...
The New Fatherland
The statue of Germania stands at the border of the German fatherland where the plunging Rhine murmurs its tales against its banks. In her raised right hand she holds a shining sword while the shield in her left hand glitters in the midday sun. Her...
Thomas Sowell's Quixotic Quest to Denigrate African American Culture: A Critique
Black Rednecks and White Liberals is the latest salvo in Thomas Sowell's continuing crusade to represent allegedly dysfunctional value orientations and behavioral characteristics of African Americans as the principal reasons for persistent economic...
Through the Prism of Slave Art: History, Literature, Memory, and the Work of P. Sterling Stuckey
Black Americans were sustained and healed and nurtured by the translation of their experience into art above all in the music. That was functional.... My parallel is always the music because all of the strategies of the art are there. All of...
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