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American Africans in Ghana Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era

ISBN-10: 0807858935
ISBN-13: 9780807858936
Edition: 2008
Authors: Kevin K. Gaines
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Description: In 1957 Ghana became one of the first sub-Saharan African nations to gain independence from colonial rule. Over the next decade, hundreds of African Americans--including Martin Luther King Jr., George Padmore, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Richard  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

In 1957 Ghana became one of the first sub-Saharan African nations to gain independence from colonial rule. Over the next decade, hundreds of African Americans--including Martin Luther King Jr., George Padmore, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Richard Wright, Pauli Murray, and Muhammed Ali--visited or settled in Ghana. Kevin K. Gaines explains what attracted these expatriates to Ghana and how their new community was shaped by the convergence of the Cold War, the rise of the U.S. civil rights movement, and the decolonization of Africa. Posing a direct challenge to U.S. hegemony, Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's president, promoted a vision of African liberation, continental unity, and West Indian federation. Although the number of African American expatriates in Ghana was small, in espousing a transnational American citizenship defined by solidarities with African peoples, these activists waged along with their allies in the United States a fundamental, if largely forgotten, struggle over the meaning and content of the formal American citizenship conferred on African Americans by civil rights reform legislation.

Kevin K. Gaines is director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and professor of history at the University of Michigan. He is author of the award-winning Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture during the Twentieth Century.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Watching the World from Ghana
Mapping the Routes to Ghana: Black Modernity, Subjecthood, and Demands for Full Citizenship
Richard Wright in Ghana: Black Intellectuals and the Anticolonial Critique of Western Culture
Projecting the African Personality: Nkrumah, the Expatriates, and Postindependence Ghana, 1957-1960
Pauli Murray in Ghana: The Congo Crisis and an African American Woman's Dilemma
Escape to Ghana: Julian Mayfield and the Radical "Afros"
Malcolm X in Ghana
The Coup
After Ghana: Ways of Seeing, Ways of Being
Epilogue: Memory and the Transnational Dimensions of African American Citizenship
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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