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Forging DiasporaAfro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow$
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Frank Andre Guridy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833612

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895979_guridy

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Introduction Making Diaspora in the Shadow of Empire and Jim Crow

Introduction Making Diaspora in the Shadow of Empire and Jim Crow

(p.1) Introduction Making Diaspora in the Shadow of Empire and Jim Crow
Forging Diaspora

Frank Andre Guridy

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explains that this book goes beyond the traditional focus on the dispersal of the native people of Africa as a result of the slave trade. It highlights the importance of “routes” instead of “roots” to stress the importance of relationships between diasporic communities outside of the symbolic homeland of Africa in the reconstitution of the wider African diaspora. The chapter underscores how Afro-Cubans viewed the issue of racial inequality not simply as a national question but also as one that pertained to themselves and African Americans as members of the larger transnational collective they often described as la raza de color (the colored race). It enacts Earl Lewis's call to situate African Americans in a history of “overlapping diasporas.” The chapter sheds new light on established topics in the field, such as the emergence of racial uplift ideology in the Jim Crow period, the Garvey movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and the early civil rights era.

Keywords:   Africa, slave trade, diaspora, Afro-Cubans, African Americans, Earl Lewis, Jim Crow, Garvey, Harlem Renaissance, civil rights

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