UnAfrican Americans: nineteenth-century Black nationalists by Tunde Adeleke

By Tunde Adeleke

" notwithstanding many students will recognize the Anglo-Saxon personality of black American nationalism, few have handled the imperialistic ramifications of this connection. Now, Nigerian-born student Tunde Adeleke reexamines nineteenth-century black American nationalism, discovering not just that it embodied the racist and paternalistic values of Euro-American tradition but additionally that nationalism performed an energetic position in justifying Europe's intrusion into Africa. Adeleke appears on the existence and paintings of Martin Delany, Alexander Crummell, and Harry McNeal Turner, demonstrating that as supporters of the project civilisatrice (""civilizing mission"") those males helped lay the basis for the colonization of Africa. by means of exposing the imperialistic personality of nineteenth-century black American nationalism, Adeleke unearths a deep historic and cultural divide among Africa and the black diaspora. Black American nationalists had a transparent preference--Euro-America over Africa--and their plans weren't designed for the instant good thing about Africans yet to augment their very own fortunes. Arguing that those males held a robust wish for cultural affinity with Europe, Adeleke makes a debatable addition to the continued debate about the roots of black nationalism and Pan-Africanism.

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0496 subject : Black nationalism--United States--History--19th century, African Americans--Relations with Africans--History--19th century, Pan-Africanism--History--19th century. Page iii UnAfrican Americans Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalists and the Civilizing Mission Tunde Adeleke Page iv Disclaimer Some images in the original version of this book are not available for inclusion in the netLibrary eBook. Publication of this volume was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As an ideology and movement, nationalism did not become a contentious force in black American history until the second half of the nineteenth century, and it did not become a subject of serious scholarly inquiry until almost a century later. The civil rights movement and the black militant resurgence of the 1960s thrust black American nationalism into prominence, making it a field of serious scholarly research. A potent force in the evolution and development of nations, nationalism continues to energize contemporary international relations.

Attempting to shorten a forty-page article on such a topic proved difficult, as I continually confronted the challenge of further explaining and contextualizing complex issues. It quickly became obvious that the subject deserved much broader coverage and study. The result is this book. My sincere gratitude to Dr. Adefila for being a part of the gestation process and, above all else, for inspiring my interest in black diaspora studies. In North Carolina, I was also reunited with Onaiwu Wilson Ogbomo, my former student at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, who was then with North Carolina Central University and who has since moved to Allegheny College, where he remains a very close friend and colleague.

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