United States and Africa Relations, 1400s to the Present


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Toyin Falola and Raphael Chijioke Njoku

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A comprehensive history of the relationship between Africa and the United States

Toyin Falola and Raphael Njoku reexamine the history of the relationship between Africa and the United States from the dawn of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. Their broad, interdisciplinary book follows the relationship’s evolution, tracking African American emancipation, the rise of African diasporas in the Americas, the Back-to-Africa movement, the founding of Sierra Leone and Liberia, the presence of American missionaries in Africa, the development of blues and jazz music, the presidency of Barack Obama, and more.

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin. Raphael Chijioke Njoku is Director and Department Chair of Global Studies and Languages at Idaho State University.

“This book successfully integrates the overarching historical concepts with specific life histories in a compelling and illustrative way.”—Timothy Stapleton, University of Calgary

“This ambitious book skillfully analyzes six centuries of interactions between America and Africa. Falola and Njoku offer readers a comprehensive, timely and essential contribution to the literature on US-Africa relations.”—Scott D. Taylor, Georgetown University
ISBN: 9780300234831
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
416 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
17 b/w illus.