THE AMERICANS ARE COMING!, dreams of African American liberation on segregationist South Africa

: Vinson (R.T.)

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235 pp., paperback, Athens, 2012


Robert Trent Vinson argues that even though African Americans suffered under Jim Crow racial discrimination they were viewed by oppressed black South Africans as role models and potential liberators. Focusing on the period 1890 to 1940, he explores the ways in which many Africans embraced the idea that African Americans were essential to their goal of African independence. He looks at especially at the Marcus Garvey movements in South Africa.

Robert Trent Vinson is University Associate Professor for Teaching Excellence in history and Africana studies at the College of William and Mary.