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African & American: West Africans in Post-Civil Rights America

Marilyn Halter and Violet Showers Johnson


This book tells the story of the much overlooked experience of first and second generation West African immigrants and refugees in the United States during the last forty years. Interrogating the complex role of post-colonialism in the recent history of black America, the book highlights the intricate patterns of emigrant work and family adaptation, the evolving global ties with Africa and Europe, and the translocal connections among the West African enclaves in the United States. The book explores issues of cultural identity formation and socioeconomic incorporation among this new West Africa ... More

Keywords: black America, West African immigrants, refugees, post-colonialism, cultural identity, West African diaspora, immigration, African Americans, emigrant work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814760581
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814760581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marilyn Halter, author

Violet Showers Johnson, author