Americans from Africa seeks to convey varying perspectives on the "Black Experience" in the United States and its controversial history. This volume, Slavery and Its Aftermath, deals with four major issues: the extent of African influences on the lives of those enslaved and brought to America, beginning with an essay on "Africanisms in Everyday Life" by Melville J. Herskovits; the impact of slavery on personality and social structure, sometimes called "The Elkins Debate;" similarities and differences in life for African Americans in the South and in the North; and matters of community, class, and family, including the full text of the "Moynihan Report" and several pointed critiques.
In addition to the commentaries by and on the works of Herskovits, Elkins, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, other contributors to Volume I include Kenneth B. Clark, Mina Caulfield Davis, E. Franklin Edwards, Eugene Genovese, Ulf Hannerz, Charles S. Johnson, Leroi Jones, and Charles Keil.
The second volume, Old Memories, New Moods, contains essays on the roots of black protest; the background and character of the Civil Rights Movement; interpretations of the impact and significance of Black Power, and varied views on changing self-images of being African American.
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About the Author
Peter I. Rose is Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus and senior fellow at the Kahn Institute at Smith College and visiting fellow at Stanford University. His recent books include The Dispossessed, Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor, the 50th anniversary edition of They and We, and Americans from Africa, Volumes 1 & 2. Peter I. Rose is Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus and senior fellow at the Kahn Institute at Smith College and visiting fellow at Stanford University. His recent books include The Dispossessed, Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor, the 50th anniversary edition of They and We, and Americans from Africa, Volumes 1 & 2.
Table of Contents
ContentsPreface to the Transaction EditionAcknowledgmentsContributors
IntroductionI. The African as SlaveAfrica and the New Americans1 Africanisms in Secular LifeMelville J. Herskovits2 The Significance of the African BackgroundE. Franklin Frazier3 Between Two CulturesKenneth M. Stampp4 The Negro Laborer in Africa and the Slave SouthEugene D. Genovese5 Art Not ArtifactLeRoi JonesSuggested Readings
The Legacy of Slavery6 Modern Tensions and the Origins of American SlaveryWinthrop D. Jordan7 Slavery in the Old SouthUlrich Bonnell Phillips8 Slavery and Negro PersonalityStanley M. Elkins9 Chattel Slavery and Concentration CampsEarle E. Thorpe10 Slavery and the Origins of Black Culture: Elkins RevisitedMina Davis Caulfield
II. This Side of JordanDown Home and Up North11 Uncle Remus and the Malevolent RabbitBernard Wolfe12 The Blackways of KentHylan Lewis13 Growing Up in the Black Belt: Ten ProfilesCharles S. Johnson14 Harlem, My HarlemClaude Brown15 Urban BluesCharles Keil16 The Rhetoric of SoulUlf Hannerz
Community, Class, and Family Life17 Community and Class RealitiesG. Franklin Edwards18 The Psychology of the GhettoKenneth B. Clark19 The Negro FamilyDaniel P. Moynihan20 The Negro Family and the Moynihan ReportLaura Carper21 New Trends in Civil RightsBenjamin F. Payton22 Some Social Consequences of Research on Racial RelationsMelvin M. TuminSuggested Readings