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The United States and Africa

The United States and Africa
A History


  • Date Published: July 1987
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521335713

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  • Tracing the reciprocal relationship between Africa and North America from the seventeenth-century slave trade onwards, two leading authorities in the field provide a major revision to traditional colonial African history as well as to US history. Departing from prior accounts that tended to emphasise only the role of the colonial metropoles in developing Africa, the authors show how American pioneers - missionaries, traders, prospectors, miners, engineers, scientists, and others - have helped to shape Africa. They also point to the equally important impact made by Africa on the United States through trade and immigration, and through the influence of Africans on the arts and agriculture, among other facets of American life. In a study of exceptionally broad scope, the authors devote particular attention to the development of United States policy regarding Africa, the impact of private enterprise, the operation of governmental lobbies, the administration of foreign aid, and the involvement of Africa in the Cold War.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1987
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521335713
    • length: 468 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Illustrations and maps
    Part I. The Slave Trade:
    1. The transatlantic slave trade: an overview
    2. The legal slave trade in North America
    3. Ending the slave trade
    4. The U.S. Navy and the antislavery campaign
    5. The effects of the slave trade
    Part II. Commerce, Christianity, and Colonization Societies Up To 1865:
    6. American traders and whalers
    7. Missionaries and colonization societies
    8. Explorers and frontiersmen
    Part III. The United States and Africa, 1865–1900:
    9. The vanishing flag
    10. Liberia: the lamb and the wolves
    11. Bula Matari and the Congo
    12. Neutrality and philanthropy
    13. Traders, explorers, and soldiers of misfortune
    14. Miners and adventurers
    15. Capitalists and missionaries
    Part IV. The United States and Africa, 1900–1939:
    16. Official America
    17. Private interest groups
    18. Preachers and teachers in Africa
    19. Black nationalism and the search for an African past
    Part V. The United States in Africa, 1939–1983:
    20. Africa between East and West
    21. Economic activities: the private sector
    22. Economic activities: the public sector
    23. American interests in Africa, 1945–1983
    24. Americans in Africa, and Africans in America
    Selected bibliography

  • Authors

    Peter Duignan

    L. H. Gann

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