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Germans and African Americans : Two Centuries of Exchange - Larry A. Greene

Germans and African Americans

Two Centuries of Exchange

By: Larry A. Greene (Editor), Anke Ortlepp (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th November 2010
ISBN: 9781604737844
Number Of Pages: 304

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A wide-ranging look at the interplay between one European people and African Americans With essays by Eva Boesenberg, Sabine Broeck, Astrid Haas, Maria H�hn, Mischa Honeck, Leroy Hopkins, Frank Mehring, Berndt Ostendorf, Damani Partridge, Aribert Schroeder, and Jeffery Strickland Germans and African Americans, unlike other works on African Americans in Europe, examines the relationship between African Americans and one country, Germany, in great depth. Germans and African Americans encountered one another within the context of their national identities and group experiences. In the nineteenth century, German immigrants to America and to such communities as Charleston and Cincinnati interacted within the boundaries of their old-world experiences and ideas and within surrounding regional notions of a nation fracturing over slavery. In the post-Civil War era in America through the Weimar era, Germany became a place to which African American entertainers, travelers, and intellectuals such as W. E. B. Du Bois could go to escape American racism and find new opportunities. With the rise of the Third Reich, Germany became the personification of racism, and African Americans in the 1930s and 1940s could use Hitler's evil example to goad America about its own racist practices. Postwar West Germany regained the image as a land more tolerant to African American soldiers than America. African Americans were important to Cold War discourse, especially in the internal ideological struggle between Communist East Germany and democratic West Germany. Unlike many other countries in Europe, Germany has played a variety of different and conflicting roles in the African American narrative and relationship with Europe. It is this diversity of roles that adds to the complexity of African American and German interactions and mutual perceptions over time.

Introductionp. vii
African Americans in the German Democratic Republicp. 3
An Unexpected Alliance
August Willich, Peter H. Clark, and the Abolitionist Movement in Cincinnatip. 17
German Immigrants and African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, 1850-1880p. 37
Louis Douglas and the Weimar Reception of Harlemaniap. 50
Race in the Reich
The African American Press on Nazi Germanyp. 70
Field Trip into the Twilight
A German Africanist Discovers the Black Bourgeoisie at Howard University, 1937-1939p. 88
Love across the Color Line
The Limits of German and American Democracy, 1945-1968p. 105
The Erotics of African American Endurance, Or: On the Right Side of History?
White (West)-German Public Sentiment between Pornotroping and Civil Rights Solidarityp. 126
"Nazi Jim Crow"
Hans J├╝rgen Massaquoi's Democratic Vistas on the Black Atlantic and Afro-Germans in Ebonyp. 141
A Raisin in the East
African American Civil Rights Drama in GDR Scholarship and Theater Practicep. 166
Ollie Harrington
His Portrait Drawn on the Basis of East German (GDR) Secret Service Filesp. 185
Exploding Hitler and Americanizing Germany
Occupying "Black" Bodies and Postwar Desirep. 201
Reconstructing "America"
The Development of African American Studies in the Federal Republic of Germanyp. 218
Contributorsp. 231
Indexp. 234
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ISBN: 9781604737844
ISBN-10: 1604737840
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 29th November 2010
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.56