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Africana Studies

This guide provides a variety of helpful resources for conducting research in Africana Studies.

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Welcome to the Africana Studies research guide. Here you will find information about finding databases, books and reference materials, and course guides related to the study of African and African American history, religion, and economics. 

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Suggested Books in Africana Studies

Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide

This reference guide to African history provides substantive entries on 36 watershed events that shaped the history of the continent from the prehistoric past to the dawn of the 21st century. Each entry appears in chronological order and consists of a comprehensive essay on the event, its historical, social, and geographic context, and its long-term significance.

The New African Diaspora in the United States

Fast growing in population, African immigrants in the United States have become a significant force, to the point that the idea of a new African diaspora is now a reality. This book investigates the complex dynamic forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, this new diaspora. In eleven original essays, the volume examines pertinent themes, such as immigration, integration dilemmas, identity construction, brain drain, remittances, and expanding African religious space and how these dynamics impact and intersect with the African homeland.

Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora

This bold, innovative book promises to radically alter our understanding of the Atlantic slave trade, and the depths of its horrors. Stephanie E. Smallwood offers a penetrating look at the process of enslavement from its African origins through the Middle Passage and into the American slave market. Smallwood's story is animated by deep research and gives us a startlingly graphic experience of the slave trade from the vantage point of the slaves themselves. Ultimately, Saltwater Slavery details how African people were transformed into Atlantic commodities in the process.

Beyond Slavery: The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean

Beyond Slavery traces the enduring impact and legacy of the African diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean in the modern era. In a rich set of essays, the volume explores the multiple ways that Africans have affected political, economic, and cultural life throughout the region. Focusing on areas traditionally associated with Afro-Latin American culture such as Brazil and the Caribbean basin, this innovative work also highlights places such as Rio de La Plata and Central America, where the African legacy has been important but little studied.

The Religious Traditions of Africa: A History

This volume blends in-depth research and personal accounts to explore the origins and effects of religion in Africa. While primarily a work of history this book also incorporates the latest findings while engaging with current issues such as the interface of neo-traditional religion and contemporary cultures. This work includes four sections, each dedicated to a separate religion, detailed maps, a glossary, and a guide to further reading.

Africa's Future: Darkness to Destiny

Renowned African oil expert and economist Duncan Clarke provides a prism for understanding Africa's complex history and important future in a clear and comprehensive fashion. He critiques past attempts to explain Africa's predicament, and tackles the issues confronting its future growth.