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Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Black Leadership in America

Alvin B. Jr. Tillery


This book considers the history of political engagement with Africa on the part of African Americans, beginning with the birth of Paul Cuffe's back-to-Africa movement in the Federal Period to the Congressional Black Caucus' struggle to reach consensus on the African Growth and Opportunity Act of 2000. In contrast to the prevailing view that pan-Africanism has been the dominant ideology guiding black leaders in formulating foreign policy positions toward Africa, the book highlights the importance of domestic politics and factors within the African American community. Employing an innovative mul ... More

Keywords: Africa, African Americans, back-to-Africa movement, Congressional Black Caucus, pan-Africanism, black leaders, African American community, anticolonialism, apartheid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801448973
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448973.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alvin B. Jr. Tillery, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, The State University of New Jersey