Johns Hopkins University, B.A., History, 2002; Johns Hopkins University, M.A., Education/Teaching, 2004; University of Delaware, M.A., History, 2009.
19th Century United States; Comparative Slavery; Intellectual history; Southern history; American Race Relations; the Black Press; Atlantic World
African American Identity and Colonization, 1780-1924
This dissertation examines African American attitudes towards Africa, African colonization, and African identity. It will answer the question: what did Africa mean to them? Based upon African American sources in public debates and private correspondence, it places African Americans in a broader context of American identity. It also examines the changing nature of African identity through nation and race in a transnational context as African Americans traveled and communicated around the Atlantic Ocean. It begins with the gradual abolition of slavery in Pennsylvania and ends with Marcus Garvey jailing, tracing the changing debates over space and time.