Linked by our past. Bound together by our future: An analysis of the social tensions between Africans and African-Americans in Worcester, Massachusetts

Title: Linked by our past. Bound together by our future: An analysis of the social tensions between Africans and African-Americans in Worcester, Massachusetts

Author: Sankofa, Quinton Etheridge

Date: 2009

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development and Social Change

This paper explores the social relations between newly arrived Africans and African-Americans in the United States. African-Americans and their descendants who have been living in the United States since the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade have questioned their bonds and links with Africa. Recently the number of new African immigrants has increased in the United States which creates a new context for this debate. To enrich the understanding of a very important but neglected topic of community formation and social relations, this paper uses a case study method to examine the relationship between these two groups and uses the city of Worcester as a case study.  The findings indicate that there are complex social tensions between newly migrated Africans and African-Americans.

Keywords: Africans, African-Americans, community formation, social tension, Massachusetts

Cataloged by: Selina Sikder/ B. J. Perkins

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