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African & AmericanWest Africans in Post-Civil Rights America$
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Marilyn Halter and Violet Showers Johnson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760581

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760581.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Further into the Twenty-First Century

Chapter:
(p.255) Conclusion
Source:
African & American
Author(s):

Marilyn Halter

Violet Showers Johnson

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814760581.003.0008

This book has explored the question of whether post-civil rights era immigrants from continental Africa are becoming the newest African Americans in the United States. It has shown that the immigrants that comprise the new West African diaspora in America are very much communities in the making. In contrast to Eugene Robinson's argument that contemporary black America, including its cohort of emergent African immigrants, is seeped in the process of disintegration, the book sees the current dynamics as one of reintegration. The book concludes by reflecting on how West African immigrants are remaking what it means to be both African and American in the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   disintegration, reintegration, African Americans, United States, West African diaspora, Eugene Robinson, black America, West African immigrants, West Africa

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