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. 94, No. 1, Winter

Books Received-2008
Adams, Jessica. Wounds of Returning: Race, Memory, and Property on the Postslavery Plantation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. Pp. 226. Cloth $65.00. Paper $22.50. Aldridge, Delores P. and E. Lincoln James. Africana Studies:...
Commentary: The Election of Barack Obama: The Debt Has Not Been Paid
Many people have commented that with the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, this is a wonderful time to be a historian or other scholar of the African American experience. In the person of President Obama we have the...
"Not an Academic Affair": African American Scholars and the Development of African Studies Programs in the United States, 1942-1960
[T]he study of Africa was not an academic affair; it was viewed as the only means by which all peoples of African descent could become accepted members of the human race --Elliot Skinner (1) In October 1969 African and African American scholar-activists...
Paul Christopher Johnson, Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa
Paul Christopher Johnson, Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. Pp. 330. Cloth $50.00. Paper $24.95. Paul Christopher Johnson offers a rich articulation of the complexity...
Prisoner of Love: Affiliation, Sexuality, and the Black Panther Party
We should be careful about using those terms that might turn our friends off. The terms "faggot" and "punk" should be deleted from our vocabulary, and especially we should not attach names normally designed for homosexuals to men who are enemies...
Remembering Dr. Gloria Harper Dickinson (1947-2009)
Dr. Gloria Harper Dickinson, a former president, member of the executive council, and leading figure in the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), head of African American Studies at the College of New Jersey, and International...
Robert Mann, When Freedom Would Triumph: The Civil Rights Struggle in Congress, 1954-1968
Robert Mann, When Freedom Would Triumph: The Civil Rights Struggle in Congress, 1954-1968. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2007. Pp. 318. Paper $19.95. It is with nostalgia that Robert Mann recalls the bipartisan moment in postwar...
Running with the Reds: African American Women and the Communist Party during the Great Depression
In a 1931 article in the Daily Worker, NAACP leader Walter White proclaimed that African American women who joined the ranks of the Communist Party (CP) were "ignorant and uncouth victims who were being led to the slaughter by dangerously bold radicals."...
"This Pitiable Rejection of a Great Opportunity": W. E. B. Du Bois, Clement G. Morgan, and the Harvard University Graduation of 1890
In June 1890 W. E. B. Du Bois and Clement G. Morgan became the first African Americans to deliver speeches at Harvard University's graduation exercises, thus breaking a highly symbolic racial barrier in U.S. higher education. (1) Never before had the...

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