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
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