Special Issue "Exploring African American Ancestors: Identity, History, and Legacy"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778). This special issue belongs to the section "Genealogical Communities: Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Racial, and Multi-National Genealogies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2023) | Viewed by 260

Special Issue Editor

Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003, USA
Interests: 19th century United States history; antebellum, slavery, and emancipation; African American history; Native American history; critical race and gender theory

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Genealogy will explore the ways in which the meanings of identity, community, and ancestry have taken shape and informed African American life and culture within and across generations. Authors are invited to consider the ways that the history of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade shaped how and why African Americans preserved, adapted, and even created histories, memories, and narratives about their ancestors and ancestry. How did understandings of their ancestry shape African American men and women’s resistance, political engagement, and efforts to pursue freedom, citizenship, and civil rights? Other topics for consideration include examinations of the ways issues such as religious traditions, gender roles, labor patterns, family relations, reproduction, naming practices, artistic skill, and cultural knowledge, to name a few, informed African American women and men’s individual and collective sense of identity, community, and history across time and place.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Krauthamer
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • African American family
  • African American history
  • trans-Atlantic slave trade
  • African American women’s history
  • African American culture
  • African American gender roles
  • African American religion
  • African American labor
  • African American slavery
  • African American freedom
  • African American citizenship
  • civil rights

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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