““A fine extension of the work begun 50 years ago by [Melville] Herskovits.” —Choice
“Students will encounter no better introduction to research on the question of Africanisms than this welcome volume.” —The North Carolina Review
“The resistance to recognizing the African origins of American culture has often been noticed. . . . These ten well-written and thoughtful scholarly essays help to redress that neglect in a field still fraught with controversy.” —Studies in Popular Culture
Scholars present new interpretations of the impact of Africanisms on North American history and culture. While providing insights into the evolution of African American culture, they also raise issues of vital importance to the definition of American culture.
The contributors are Molefi Kete Asante, George Brandon, Margaret Washington Creel, Robert L. Hall, Joseph E. Holloway, Portia K. Maultsby, Jessie Gaston Mulira, John Edward Philips, Beverly J. Robinson, and Robert Farris Thompson.”
“An important work in the field of diaspora studies for the past decade, this collection has been revised and expanded. New essays consider African cultural survivals that have changed and readapted to diasporic conditions; Africanisms in African American names; and newly identified Africanisms in Gullah life.