UnAfrican Americans by Tunde Adeleke
Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalists and the Civilizing Mission

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Though many scholars will acknowledge the Anglo-Saxon character of black American nationalism, few have dealt with the imperialistic ramifications of this connection. Now, Nigerian-born scholar Tunde Adeleke reexamines nineteenth-century black American nationalism, finding not only that it embodied the racist and paternalistic values of Euro-American culture but also that nationalism played an active role in justifying Europe's intrusion into Africa.

Adeleke looks at the life and work of Martin Delany, Alexander Crummell, and Harry McNeal Turner, demonstrating that as supporters of the mission civilisatrice ("civilizing mission") these men helped lay the foundation for the colonization of Africa. By exposing the imperialistic character of nineteenth-century black American nationalism, Adeleke reveals a deep historical and cultural divide between Africa and the black diaspora. Black American nationalists had a clear preference--Euro-America over Africa--and their plans were not designed for the immediate benefit of Africans but to enhance their own fortunes. Arguing that these men held a strong desire for cultural affinity with Europe, Adeleke makes a controversial addition to the ongoing debate concerning the roots of black nationalism and Pan-Africanism.

 

About Tunde Adeleke

See more books from this Author
Tunde Adeleke is the director of the African and African American Studies Program at Iowa State University. He is the author of "UnAfrican Americans: Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalists and the Civilizing Mission" and "Without Regard to Race: The Other Martin Robison Delany, "and he has published articles in several academic journals.
 
Published June 24, 1998 by The University Press of Kentucky. 216 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for UnAfrican Americans

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Passionate and well written, Adeleke's stunning reexamination of three 19th-century African Americans is bound to be controversial. But the truth must be told, and the Nigerian-born director of Africa

Jun 22 1998 | Read Full Review of UnAfrican Americans: Nineteen...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Passionate and well written, Adeleke's stunning reexamination of three 19th-century African Americans is bound to be controversial.

| Read Full Review of UnAfrican Americans: Nineteen...

Rate this book!

Add Review