Africa and the Americas

Culture, Politics, and History

by Richard M. Juang and Noelle Morrissette, Editors


For centuries the fates of Africa and the Americas have been inextricably intertwined, a relationship all the more remarkable for the wide-ranging influences flowing across the Atlantic. Today, one in five people in the Western Hemisphere are of African descent and powerful social, economic and ecological forces crisscross the Atlantic.

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March 2008


Pages 1215
Volumes 3
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Culture

This encyclopedia explores the many long-standing influences of Africa and people of African descent on the culture of the Americas, while tracing the many ways in which the Americas remain closely interconnected with Africa.

Ranging from the 15th century to the present, Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History explores the many ways Africa and African peoples have shaped the cultural life of the Americas—and how, in turn, life in the Americas reverberates in Africa.

This groundbreaking three-volume encyclopedia offers hundreds of alphabetically organized entries on African history, nations, and peoples plus African-influenced aspects of life in the Americas. It also features authoritative introductory essays on history, culture and religion, demography, international relations, economics and trade, and arts and literature. In doing so, it traces the complex and continuous movement of peoples of African descent to the West, the mechanics and lingering effects of colonialism and the slave trade, and the crucial issues of cultural retention and adaptation that are essential to our understanding of the effects of globalization.


  • Over 100 expert contributors—a diverse group of international scholars from all sides of the Atlantic representing many different disciplines
  • A rich collection of photographs of major political, cultural, and intellectual leaders from both sides of the Atlantic


  • Provides, in a single source, detailed entries about the Americas and Africa, plus entries that tie both sides of the Atlantic together—coverage not available in resources that restrict themselves to either the Americas or to Africa
  • Describes the history of the transatlantic slave trade and subsequent transatlantic movements and its impact in culture, politics, and history at an accessible level
  • Offers introductory essays on the complex relations of culture, history, trade, and power across the Atlantic, organized by disciplines, making them accessible to students in diverse fields such as literature, political science, history, and economics
Author Info

Richard M. Juang is assistant professor of English at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA. His work appears in New Perspectives in Transatlantic Studies. He is also a contributor to ABC-CLIO's Britain and the Americas.

Noelle Morrissette, PhD, is lecturer of English at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, where she teaches courses in African American and American literature and gender studies. She received her doctorate in African American studies and English literature from Yale University. Her published works include Critical Fictions: The Prose Writings of James Weldon Johnson, 1901–1938. She has also published articles on race and performance and black feminist literary criticism.



"This is a thought-provoking resource that will be of interest to general readers as well as students high school age and above."Book News

"Offering a good overview for anyone interested in learning more about this long, complex relationship, it will be attractive to many for its comprehensive coverage . . . Recommended."Choice

"[T]his set is recommended for users in academic and large public libraries."Booklist

"Emphasizing that one in five people in the Western Hemisphere are of African descent, this 3-volume, A to Z reference set spans from the 15th century to the present. It reminds readers that powerful social, economic and ecological forces crisscross the Atlantic, Africa and the Americas. It describes how Africa and African peoples have shaped the Americas and how life and issues in the Americas influence life and issues in Africa. Volume 1 offers a detailed chronology as well as introductory essays on: Culture and Religion, Economics and Trade; Arts, Literature, and Sports; Demography, Diaspora, and International Relations. Articles range widely in focus from Women in Hip Hop, to the Tuskegee Airmen, to Rice in the African Diaspora, to Hutu, to African American Islam. This set will be useful for programs with a focus on African and African-American history and globalization. Recommended."Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

"For an encyclopedic treatment of all aspects of the African influence in the Americas, Africa and the Americas is the only encyclopedia available. Recommended for large academic and public libraries."Reference & User Services Quarterly

"This set will be helpful to researchers."School Library Journal

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