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African Americans and Africa: A New History

African Americans and Africa: A New History serves as an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and Africa from the era of slavery to the present, mapping several overlapping diasporas. It examines the long-standing relationship between African Americans and the continent of Africa, exploring the many ways black Americans have engaged/engage with Africa. The diversity of African American identities through interactions with region, ethnicity, slavery, and immigration are all examined to investigate questions about why the African American gaze has persistently turned to Africa, and what that has meant for relationships between African Americans and Africans.

Nemata Blyden is an Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University. A historian of Africa and the African Diaspora she specializes in the history of Africa and the African Diaspora. Dr. Blyden received a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MPhil and PhD from Yale University. She is the author of West Indians in West Africa, 1808-1880: A diaspora in reverse, (University of Rochester Press, 2000)  “This na true story of our history”: South Carolina in Sierra Leone's historical memory” in Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2015,  Relationships among Blacks in the Diaspora: African and Caribbean Immigrants and American-Born Blacks in Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands, editors John A. Arthur, Joseph Takougang, and Thomas Owusu, 2012

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest and the George Washington University History Department for their support.

Speakers

Moderator

  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
    Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Eric Arnesen

    Fellow
    Professor of History, The George Washington University

Speakers

  • Nemata Blyden

    Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University