- Series: The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (February 25, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807858935
- ISBN-13: 978-0807858936
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) 1st Edition
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Inspiring. . . . A valuable addition to the debate about the history of Pan-Africanism in Africa.--Journal of African History
Gaines has written an excellent and important book.--The Nation
Gaines's signal achievement is that he skillfully has placed this narrative in the broad context of black internationalism. . . . Gaines has demonstrated how the expatriate experience is linked to the expansive history of antiracist and anticolonial thought and practice in the African diaspora. He has written a book that is indispensable for a complete grasp of that history.--Journal of American History
Gaines has written a detailed and engaging book which explores a neglected aspect of US foreign policy, joining a small but significant cadre of authors dedicated to highlighting the racial dimensions of US foreign policy.--Modern African Studies
Highly recommended for all academic libraries.--Multicultural Review
A superb, scholarly text on pan-Africanism. Gaines gives a detailed analysis of the interconnections between African American and Caribbean activists and the pioneers of African decolonization in Ghana. The author leaves no stone unturned, providing details about Western complicity in the death of Lumumba, the silencing of black intellectuals during the Cold War, and African American activism in the anti-apartheid movement. Gaines profoundly discusses the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement, political decolonization, and US foreign policy. In the process, he charts the course of numerous distinguished personalities in the contemporary US.--Choice
Contributes to various subfields of African American history, including the modern Civil Rights Movement, African American-centered Pan-Africanist thought, African American intellectual history, Afro-diasporic consciousness, and the vital, enduring African American-African political connection.--Journal of African American History
A superb, scholarly text on pan-Africanism. Gaines gives a detailed analysis of the interconnections between African American and Caribbean activists and the pioneers of African decolonization in Ghana. The author leaves no stone unturned. . . . Essential.--Choice
This is an important book that opens up new dimensions in the Pan-African history of the relationships established between Africa and the African diaspora in the modern period.--American Historical Review
In American Africans in Ghana, Kevin Gaines offers a richly detailed portrait of the community that gathered in Ghana around Nkrumah. He skillfully connects the lives of the 'returnees' with the wider history of the civil rights era in the United States and the politics of the cold war.--The New York Review of Books
American Africans in Ghana is much more than a story of U.S. black expatriates in Ghana, although that remains a central theme. It is also a study of transnational intellectual and social movement amidst the tumult of three historical processes: the United States' post-World War II pursuit of global hegemony, the modern struggle for black equality within the United States, and the movement for African decolonization. Above all, the book demonstrates the fruition of the decades-long development of a transnational black radical activist tradition, as many of its major protagonists converged upon independent Ghana. Ever attuned to contingency and contradiction, Gaines explores how modern black radicalism negotiated the complexities and strictures of U.S. Cold War intrigues on the one hand, and the perils and possibilities of postcolonial state-building on the other hand.--Nikhil P. Singh, University of Washington
The product of a decade of research on both sides of the Atlantic, this study is destined to be known as a classic of the new intellectual history of diaspora. Gaines unearths the complex and shifting roles of African American and Caribbean artists and activists in Nkrumah's Ghana during the early years of independence. With its breathtaking cast of characters--expatriates, exiles, pilgrims, transients--this book gives unprecedented insight into both the promise and the challenge of Pan-Africanism.--Brent Hayes Edwards, author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism
Gaines's book is groundbreaking in many respects. He shows that the expatriates were not disengaged from what was happening in the United States; on the contrary, their perspective was shaped invariably by their location in Nkrumah's Ghana. They understood freedom and liberation not in national terms but in global terms, linking the struggles in the United States with anticolonial movements around the world. Gaines looks at how these transnational intellectual exchanges shaped black politics and culture on both sides of the Atlantic, providing ample evidence to challenge contemporary nationalist notions of diaspora as cultural unity to show, instead, that diaspora is made through engagement, travel, exchange, and struggle.--Robin D. G. Kelley, Columbia University
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By focusing on individuals, the author can delve into question that would be more of a challenge just looking through the macro picture. Questions such as what role can these expatriates play in Ghana and how do they stay in contact with what is going on back in the U.S. are asked by the author. An especially interesting part of the book for me was the description of how many such as Richard Wright had trouble adjusting to life in Africa and in the end failed to achieve the feeling of home coming that many left the states to do.
While this book does tend to drag in places it is interesting and would be a useful resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the people profiled and question like where do African Americans fit into the larger African Diaspora community. This book sheds some light on some prominent African American leaders in a part of their lives that is seldom seen.