Africanisms in American Culture, Second Edition

Africanisms in American Culture, Second Edition

Edited by Joseph E. Holloway
Distribution: Global
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.


“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. ”

““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.”

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Table of Contents

Introduction Joseph E. Holloway
1. The Origins of African American Culture Joseph E. Holloway
2. "What Africa Has Given America": African Continuities in the North American Diaspora Joseph E. Holloway
3. African Elements in African American Culture Molefi Kete Asante
4. Africanisms in African American Names in the United States Joseph E. Holloway
5. The Case of Voodoo in New Orleans Jessie Ruth Gaston
6. Gullah Attitudes toward Life and Death Margaret Washington
7. The Sacred World of the Gullahs Joseph E. Holloway
8. African Religious Retentions in Florida Robert L. Hall
9. Sacrificial Practices in Santeria, an African Cuban Religion in the United States George Brandon
10. Kongo Influences on African American Artistic Culture Robert Farris Thompson
11. Africanisms in African American Music, Portia K. Maultsby
12. Africanisms and the Study of Folklore Beverly J. Robinson
13. The African Heritage of White America John Edward Philips
14. The African Character of African American Language: Insights from the Creole Connection Selase W. Williams