Guest Lecturer: Ernest Allen, Professor, W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
ABSTRACT: This lecture will investigate the phenomenon of African-American nationalism, starting with its beginnings among the northern, free black population following the American revolution and tracing the contours of its development up to and including the Nation of Islam in its second incarnation. Commencing with a handful of empirically-based definitions, we will demonstrate why nationalism within African-American communities cannot be understood historically without reference to assimilationist tendencies, and vice-versa. What has gender to do with nationalism? What has been the relationship of African American group identity or "peoplehood" to nationalism? How has African-American nationalism been similar to as well as different from the nationalism of other subjugated peoples? Under what kinds of socio-political conditions has this nationalism tended to ebb or flow? What are its prospects for the future?
The Concept of the Nation-State
A Multi-Layered, Ideological Continuum: From African-American Peoplehood
to Black Nationalism
Historical Features of African-American Nationalism
An Overview of African-American Nationalism from the Late 18th through
the 20th Centuries
Prospects for the Future
August Meier, "The Emergence of Negro Nationalism: A Study in Ideologies," in Along the Color Line, Explorations in the Black Experience, August Meier and Elliott Rudwick (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1976), 189-216.
Barbara Bair, "True Women, Real Men: Gender, Ideology, and Social Roles in the Garvey Movement," in Gendered Domains: Rethinking Public and Private in Women's History: Essays From the Seventh Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, eds. Dorothy O. Helly and Susan M. Reverby (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992), 154-66.
Ernest Allen, Jr., "Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Continuing Evolution of the Nation of Islam," in The Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan, ed. Amy Alexander (New York: Grove Press, 1998), 52-102.