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  • 1. Editors’ Introduction–Lisa Brock, Robin D. G. Kelley, and Karen Sotiropoulos

    2. The Rise of the Reparations Movement–Martha Biondi

    3. From Solidarity to Cross-Fertilization: Afro-Cuban/African American Interaction during the 1930s and 1940s–Frank A. Guridy

    4. Insider and Outsider, Black and American: Rethinking Zora Neale Hurston’s Caribbean Ethnography–Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo

    5. Manly Rivalries and Mopsies: Gender, Nationality, and Sexuality in United States–Occupied Trinidad–Harvey Neptune

    6. The New Dawn: Black Agency in Cyberspace–Mary F. E. Ebeling

    7. Home Rules: An Interview with Amiri Baraka–Van Gosse

    8. TransAfrica: An Interview with Bill Fletcher Jr.–James Early

    Teaching Radical History

    9. Teaching Twentieth-Century Black Britain–Douglas M. Haynes

    10. Teaching Radical Africana Political Thought and Intellectual History–Anthony Bogues

    Directions in Research

    11. Expanding the Scope of African Diaspora Studies: The Middle East and India, a Research Agenda–Joseph E. Harris

    12. Re-imagining the Shape and Borders of Black Political Space–Michelle Stephens

    13. Urban Spaces and Working-Class Expressions across the Black Atlantic:

    Tracing the Routes of Ska–Joseph Heathcott


    14. Race at the End of the “American Century”: Review of Thomas C. Holt, The Problem of Race in the Twenty-first Century; David Levering Lewis, W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919–1963; and Gary Gerstle, American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century 2–Kevin Gaines

    15. The Short Century: Postcolonial Africa and the Politics of Representation:

    Review of The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994, exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York–Ashley Dawson

    16. The Abusable Past–R. J. Lambrose

    17. Notes on Contributors

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  • Description

    From its inception, black studies has been transnational. Pioneering intellectuals such as W. E. B. Du Bois, George Washington Williams, Anna Julia Cooper, Nicolas Guillen, C. L. R. James, Oliver Cox, and Zora Neale Hurston shared a transnational sensibility shaped by the antiracist and anti-imperialist politics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In recent years, however, much scholarship regarding blackness has been presented under the rubric of pan-Africanism or the African diaspora, terms that imply an inquiry solely into what it means to be “of Africa.” Increasingly, in an era of globalization and postcolonialism, such terms have become insufficient for capturing what it means to be black in a global context. Transnational black studies—an interdisciplinary arena of knowledge rooted in political struggle—has reemerged to rectify this discursive insufficiency in contemporary scholarship.

    The essays, interviews, and reviews in this special issue of Radical History Review represent the best of the new of this very old tradition of transnational black studies. One contributor explores how “racial citizenship”—the idea of belonging and solidarity across the black world, developed as a result of knowledge formed out of transnational linkages—is employed by Cubans of color fighting against racial discrimination in public spaces in Havana. Another, by outlining a research agenda for the study of African slavery in the Middle East and South Asia, reminds us that the Africa diaspora is global. In a discussion of a paradigm shift from the national to the global, yet another author makes a singular contribution to this collection by locating new spaces for identity formation “in transit.”

    Contributors. Martha Biondi, Anthony Bogues, Ashley Dawson, James Early, Mary F. E. Ebeling, Kevin Gaines, Van Gosse, Frank A. Guridy, Joseph E. Harris, Douglas M. Haynes, Joseph Heathcott, Harvey Neptune, Michelle Stephens

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