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The new African Americans
Ashabranner, Brent K., 1921-
Publication Information:
North Haven, Conn. : Linnet Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 107 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Looks at Africans who have immigrated to the United States since the 1890s, examining who they are, why they came, how American laws work for and against them, and how they have fared.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.6 3.0 61017.
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E184.A24 A84 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Black History

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Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly West Africa, is the ancestral home of over thirty million African Americans whose forebears were brought to North America as an enslaved people. Yet today less than 3 percent of the annual total of almost a million legal immigrants to the United States come from Africa -- compared to an astonishing 37 percent from Asia and 44 percent from Latin America. Why do so few of today's immigrants come from Africa? This book explores the reasons, both historical and those related to current immigration law, behind this puzzling and inequitable pattern of immigration.

Author Notes

Brent Ashabranner has written widely on American social history and complex social issues for young readers. Among his many award-winning books, six have been named ALA Notables and three have won the Carter G. Woodson Book Award given annually by the National Council for the Social Studies. Mr. Ashabranner has worked in Ethiopia, Libya, and Nigeria for U.S. foreign assistance programs and for the Ford Foundation in the Philippines and Indonesia. He was director of the Peace Corps program in India and deputy director of the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. Currently Mr. Ashabranner lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-9. Ashabranner's fine books on immigration include An Ancient Heritage: The Arab American Minority (1991) and Still a Nation of Immigrants (1993). In this book he focuses on people who come here from Africa today. They make up a tiny proportion of new immigrants to the U.S., and he makes a strong case for easing the rules to allow more Africans to qualify. He starts with the history of the earliest immigrants who were forced here as slaves, then discusses those who came after emancipation and the patterns of immigration through the twentieth century. In easy, informal style, he talks about who the new immigrants are, where they come from (including West Africa, Ethiopia, and Cape Verde), why they come, and what they bring with them to enrich the U.S. Lively black-and white photos taken by Jennifer Ashabranner show business people, professionals, artists, blue-collar workers, and students at work and at home with their families. This is a short, quick overview; the useful bibliography will encourage those who want more. --Hazel Rochman

Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-Ashabranner continues his exploration of current patterns and people behind U.S. immigration. Here, he traces the history of black African migration to the U.S. beginning with slavery, followed by the exclusionary policies of the early 20th century up to today's legislation that prohibits discrimination based on race, nationality, or religion. Although the majority of our recent immigrants hail from other continents, more than 50,000 Africans arrive each year, mainly from West Africa and the "horn." The bulk of the book is devoted to profiles of individuals and families (with an emphasis on young adults) who have settled here. Their motivations, personal backgrounds, and lifestyles are all discussed. Complementary black-and-white photographs of the subjects in their homes and workplaces bring their stories alive. The conversational tone and integration of brief cultural vignettes into the narrative will appeal to both browsers and researchers.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
I. African Immigration to America: A Brief Review
The Kunta Kinte Festivalp. 3
The First African Immigrantsp. 9
African Immigration: 1865-1965p. 16
A New Immigration Law for a New Erap. 19
II. Today's African Immigrants
Who Are the New African Americans?p. 23
Why Do They Come? Many Motives, One Goalp. 30
III. What Today's African Immigrants Bring to America
For Cities and Suburbs: A Touch of Africap. 47
"America Means You Have to Discipline Yourself"p. 59
Tales to Tellp. 64
A Winning Teamp. 73
IV. African Immigration to America Beyond the Year 2000p. 81
Additional Information About Africap. 92
Bibliographyp. 103
Indexp. 105