Scholarship on African American history has changed dramatically
since the publication of George Washington Williams pioneering A
History of the Negro Race in America in 1882. Organized
chronologically and thematically, What is African American History?
offers a concise and compelling introduction to the field of
African American history as well as the black historical
enterpriseNpast, present, and future. Pero Gaglo Dagbovie discusses
many of the discipline s important turning points, subspecialties,
defining characteristics, debates, texts, and scholars. The author
explores the growth and maturation of scholarship on African
American history from late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
until the field achieved significant recognition from the
mainstream U.S. historical profession in the 1970s. Subsequent
decades witnessed the emergence and development of key theoretical
approaches, controversies, and dynamic areas of concentration in
black history, the vibrant field of black women s history, the
intriguing relationship between African American history and Black
Studies, and the imaginable future directions of African American
history in the twenty-first century.
What is African American History? will be a practical
introduction for all students of African American history and Black
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