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Africa in the American Imagination
Process: A Blog for American History (2017)
  • David Peterson del Mar, Portland State University
A commentary that looks into the changing ways that Americans have viewed Africa, from the depictions of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Marcus Garvey, to the contested points of view of scholars and celebrities. Africa remains a place in which white Americans can imagine themselves virtuous and special, and remain deeply embedded to white and western superiority.
  • Popular culture -- United States,
  • Identity (Philosophical concept),
  • United States -- Civilization -- African influences,
  • Africa -- Foreign public opinion (American)
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Process is the blog of the Organization of American Historians, The Journal of American History, and The American Historian, dedicated to exploring the process of doing history and the multifaceted ways of engaging with the U.S. past.
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Peterson del Mar, David. "Africa in the American Imagination." Process: A Blog for American History, Organization of American Historians, 2017.