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  1. Introduction
  2. Gaines, Kevin Kelly
  3. American Africans in Ghana
  4. Black era Expatriates and the legal civil Rights Era
  5. National University of North Carolina Press
  6. Conclusion

The book; American African in Ghana was written Kevin Gaines and published by Chapel Hill publishers, at the University of North Carolina. The book emphasizes on the interconnections between the African studies and African American studies by introducing, in its broad chapters the context of Ghanaian international Afro-diasporic thoughts between the years 1900 and 1950. The book focused mostly from the periods when Ghana's independence under Nkrumah spurred the whole of Africa in 1957, to the time when Nkrumah lost power to the coup in 1966. Gaines' book explores the aspect of neglected US foreign policy, highlighting the dimensions of race of the policy. The book shows the foreign activities of notable people such as Malcolm X, Dr. King and Du Bois. Gaines narrows his scholarship transcends to the theoretical aspects of race. The book, American Africans in Ghana, gives an illustration of the problems that associated with nationality, cultural identity, race, as well as foreign affairs between the periods of 1960s.

The civil right era emphasizes the marginal status of the African American as citizens of the second class, and Gaines contextualizes the aspect of racial inequality as the legacy of the enslavement systems of the US. The legacy of colonialism and enslavement is indeed the integral characteristics of the book (p.2). Gaines suggest on the need for the Ghanaian expatriates to reconnect with their African identity in escaping the racial oppression's of the US and the constraints of the cold war to their political freedom. The features of the cold war are present in the book as Gaines examines the rising tensions from the negative reaction of the US Administration to the imposed propaganda by the African American internationalists present in Ghana (p.11).

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[...] The struggles for independence and the American civil rights struggles as asserted by Gaines provide a hint for a need for research concerning each group. Gaines recognize the associated problems with cultural and political systems with the continental and Africans in diasporas (p.90). It is perhaps the reason that diasporic origins were the major reasons for the difficulties in implementing the Pan-Africanism in the continent. However, Gaines does not explain how the differences between the early Pan-African movements led by W. E. B. Du Bois link with the doctrines of the black power and rearticulated Pan-Africanism led by Malcolm X. [...]


[...] American Africans in Ghana: Black era Expatriates and the legal civil Rights Era. Chapel Hill: the National University of North Carolina Press Print. The book; American African in Ghana was written Kevin Gaines and published by Chapel Hill publishers, at the University of North Carolina. The book emphasizes on the interconnections between the African studies and African American studies by introducing, in its broad chapters the context of Ghanaian international Afro-diasporic thoughts between the years 1900 and 1950. The book focused mostly from the periods when Ghana's independence under Nkrumah spurred the whole of Africa in 1957, to the time when Nkrumah lost power to the coup in 1966. [...]

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