Africanisms in American Culture, Second Edition

Africanisms in American Culture, Second Edition

Edited by Joseph E. Holloway
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/03/2005
Format: Paperback 12 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21749-3
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An important work in the field of diaspora studies for the past decade, this collection has inspired scholars and others to explore a trail blazed originally by Melville J. Herskovits, the father of New World African studies. Since its original publication, the field has changed considerably. Africanism has been explored in its broader dimensions, particularly in the area of white Africanisms. Thus, the new edition has been revised and expanded. Joseph E. Holloway has written three essays for the new volume. The first uses a transnational framework to examine how African cultural survivals have changed over time and readapted to diasporic conditions while experiencing slavery, forced labor, and racial discrimination. The second essay is "Africanisms in African American Names in the United States." The third reconstructs Gullah history, citing numerous Africanisms not previously identified by others. In addition, "The African Heritage of White America" by John Phillips has been revised to take note of many more instances of African cultural survivals in white America and to present a new synthesis of approaches.

Author Bio

Joseph E. Holloway, Professor of Pan African Studies at California State University, Northridge, is a specialist in cross-cultural studies relating to Africa and Afro-Americana. He is a former Ford and Fulbright Scholar, and author of Liberian Diplomacy in Africa, Neither Black Nor White: The Saga of An American Family, and An Introduction to Classical African Civilizations. He is co-author (with Winifred K. Vass) of The African Heritage of American English and editor of The Noble Drew Ali and the Moorish Science Temple Movement and has published widely on New World Africanisms.


““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. ”

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