Emigration vs. Assimilation

The Debate in the African American Press, 1827–1861

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About the Book

From 1827 to 1861, most Africans in America were either enslaved, propertyless or without citizenship. Yet during that period at least 28 African American newspapers were published. Perhaps the most frequent and controversial topic of debate in these papers was the issue of emigration vs. assimilation. Should blacks in America emigrate to Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada, or continue their quest for assimilation within the American culture? Editors of the black press influenced the self-view of countless African Americans.

About the Author(s)

Kwando Mbiassi Kinshasa is a professor of African American Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Bibliographic Details

Kwando M. Kinshasa
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: 9 tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1988]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6730-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8776-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“extensive work”—Choice.