The Journal of African American History, Volume 103, No. 4

 

• Articles

• Textbooks and Teaching

• Book Reviews

• Digital History Reviews

• Announcements

• Recent Scholarship

 

 


ARTICLES

Regenerating the World: The French Revolution, Civic Festivals, and the Forging of Modern American Democracy, 1793–1795

When did Americans start calling themselves “demo­crats”? What did it mean to identify as a “democrat” in an era when doing so was unprecedented? Most historians of the American Revolution and early republic too casually employ the words “democrat,” “democratic,” and “democracy.” Matthew Rainbow Hale, in contrast, interrogates the rhetoric of “democracy” and shows that the French Revolution not only spurred the first self-conscious democratic movement in American history but also served as the forge through which an expanded version of democracy revolving around social and formal political imperatives emerged.

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Accounting for Conquest: The Price of the Louisiana Purchase of Indian Country

After paying France $15 million for the Louisiana Purchase, the United States spent far more to extinguish Native American title to that land. Just how much has eluded historians. Robert Lee, in the essay that won the 2016 Louis Pelzer Award, revises the standard estimate dramatically upward by tracking federal expenditures for Indian soil rights within the Louisiana Territory made between 1804 and 2012. He uses a methodology that organizes forensic accounting data from Indian claims cases in a custom-built geodatabase of Indian land cessions.

pp. 921 Read Online >

Singing Exoticism: A Historical Anthropology of the G.I. Songs “China Night” and “Japanese Rumba”

From the Allied occupation period through the 1950s, how did American servicemen in Japan experience exoticism? Shin Aoki’s article—which received the 2105–2016 David Thelen Award—explores the complex production and consumption processes of two songs, “China Night” and “Japanese Rumba,” that were popular among U.S. sol­diers at that time. Examining the G.I. experiences in listening to and singing these songs, the article reconsiders exoticism as not simply a mode of feeling linked to colonialism but also a form of human experience offering pleasure and triggering transcultural encounters.

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‘We Can’t Grow Food on All This Concrete’: The Land Question, Agrarianism, and Black Nationalist Thought in the late 1960s and 1970s

Russell Rickford examines pastoralist discourses within black nationalist theories of land and autonomy during the black power movement. In the 1960s many African American thinkers saw urban enclaves as sites of incipient black nationality. By the de­cade’s end, many of these nationalists had embraced rural settings as alternative domains of black sovereignty. This shift in envi­sioning the ideal “land base” reflects nationalism’s penchant for mythmaking as well as the resilience of black America’s political and cultural quest for sanctuary and self-determination.

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TEXTBOOKS AND TEACHING

FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S FORAY INTO FICTION: CONSIDERING THE CONTEXT OF RECENT WORK ON THE HEROIC SLAVE
John R. McKivigan and Jane E. Schultz… 1THE NONFICTION MADISON WAHINGTON COMPARED TO THE CHARACTER IN FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S THE HEROIC SLAVE AND SIMILAR CIVIL WAR-ERA FICTION
Stanley Harrold… 8

INSURRECTION AS RIGHTEOUS REBELLION IN THE HEROIC SLAVE AND BEYOND
L. Diane Barnes… 21

AUTOGRAPHS FOR FREEDOM AND REACHING A NEW ABOLITIONIST CONSTITUENCY
John R. McKivigan and Rebecca A. Pattillo… 35

GIMME SHELTER: THE IRONIES OF REFUGE IN FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S THE HEROIC SLAVE
Jane E. Schultz… 52

COMMENTARY: CONTEXTUALING AND REREADING THE HEROIC SLAVE
Robert S. Levine… 64


BOOK REVIEWS

Gregory E. O’Malley, FINAL PASSAGES: THE INTERCOLONIAL SLAVE TRADE OF BRITISH AMERICA, 1619-1807
Mieke Nicole Lisuk… 73

Ousmane K. Power-Greene, AGAINST WIND AND TIDE: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN STRUGGLE AGAINST THE COLONIZATION MOVEMENT
Andrew Kettler… 75

Tom Chaffin, GIANTS CAUSEWAY: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S IRISH ODYSSEY AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN VISIONARY
Antony W. Keane-Dawes… 77

James J. Gigantino II, THE RAGGED ROAD TO ABOLITION: SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN NEW JERSEY, 1775-1865
Michael J. Douma… 79

Karsonya Wise Whitehead, NOTES FROM A COLORED GIRL: THE CIVIL WAR POCKET DIARIES OF EMILIE FRANCES DAVIS
Ben Davidson… 81

Mary Frances Berry, “WE ARE WHO WE SAY WE ARE”: A BLACK FAMILY’S SEARCH FOR HOME ACROSS THE ATLANTIC WORLD
Michael Dickinson… 83

Michael A. Ross, THE GREAT NEW ORLEANS KIDNAPPING CASE: RACE, LAW, AND JUSTICE IN THE RECONSTRUCTION ERA
Guy Lancaster… 86

Allyson Nadia Field, UPLIFT CINEMA: THE EMERGENCE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM AND THE POSSIBILITY OF MODERNITY
Alyssa Lopez… 88

Cara Caddoo, ENVISIONING FREEDOM: CINEMA AND THE BUILDING OF MODERN BLACK LIFE
Lauren M. Cramer… 90

Jeffrey T. Sammons and John H. Morrow Jr., HARLEM’S RATTLERS AND THE GREAT WAR: THE UNDAUNTED 369th REGIMENT AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN QUEST FOR EQUALITY
Joshua Shiver… 92

Megan Ming Francis, CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN AMERICAN STATE
Samantha Bryant… 95

Etheline Whitmire, REGINA ANDERSON ANDEREWS: HARLEM RENAISSANCE LIBRARIAN
Lana Jean Mitchell…97

Melissa Ooten, RACE, GENDER, AND FILM CENSORSHIP IN VIRGINIA, 1922-1965
Monique Flores Ulysses… 98

Lynn Rainville, HIDDEN HISTORY: AFRICAN AMERICAN CEMETARIES IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA
Colita Nichols Fairfax… 100

Darryl Mace, IN REMEMBRANCE OF EMMITT TILL: REGIONAL STORIES AND MEDIA RESPONSES TO THE BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE
Erikca Brown… 103

Aram Goudsouzian, DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS: CIVIL RIGHTS, BLACK POWER, AND THE MEREDITH MARCH AGAINST FEAR
Damien Strecker… 104

Stanley Keith Arnold, BUILDING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: PHILADELPHIA’S INTERRACIAL CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND RACE RELATIONS, 1930-1970
Jonathan Foster… 107

Jeffery Helgeson, CRUCIBLES OF BLACK EMPOWERMENT: CHICAGO’S NEIGHBORHOOD POLITICS FROM THE NEW DEAL TO HAROLD WASHINGTON
Laurence R. Jurdem… 108

Dionne Danns, DESEGREGATING CHICAGO’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS: POLICY IMPLEMENTATION, POLITICS, AND PROTEST, 1965-1985
Bridgette G. Johnson… 111

Thomas Brothers, LOUIS ARMSTRONG: MASTER OF MODERNISM
W. Gabriel Selassie I… 113


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Books Received – 2016… 116