African Minorities in the New World

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Toyin Falola, Niyi Afolabi
Routledge, 2008 - Social Science - 280 pages
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This book uncovers the reality that new African immigrants now represent a significant force in the configuration of American polity and identity especially in the last forty years. Despite their minority status, African immigrants are making their marks in various areas of human endeavor and accomplishmentse"from academic, to business, to even scientific inventions. The demographic shift is both welcome news as well as a matter for concern given the consequences of displacement and the paradoxes of exile in the new location. By its very connection to the e~Old African Diaspora,e(tm) the notion of a e~New African Diasporae(tm) marks a clear indication of a historical progression reconnecting continental Africa with the New World without the stigma of slavery. Yet, the notion of trans-Atlantic slavery is never erased when the African diaspora is mentioned whether in the old or new world. Within this paradoxical dispensation, the new African diaspora must be conceived as the aftermath of a global migration crisis.

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About the author (2008)

Toyin Falola, a leading historian of Nigeria and a distinguished Africanist, is the Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His numerous publications include "Yoruba Historiography, African Historiography", and "Nationalism and African Intellectuals".

Afolabi is Professor of Lusophone African literatures and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University.