ERIC Number: EJ773477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 87
U.S. Blacks' Perceptions, Experiences, and Scholarship regarding Central and South America--1822 to 1959
Fikes, Robert, Jr.
Negro Educational Review, The, v57 n3-4 p171-187, 265 Fall 2006
Instances of U.S. Black Americans having direct contact with the inhabitants of Central and South America, whose majority populations are not Black, can be traced back to the early nineteenth century. Slaves and freemen were aware of the possibility of a better life in these regions and a few found their way there to experience trials, disappointments, and success. From the late 1800s well into the twentieth century the view held by Black Americans, in the main, was unrealistic and optimistic in terms of what these regions offered vis-a-vis the United States. Due largely to sobering reports of racism by visiting Black journalists and celebrities, and because of discriminatory anti-Black immigration policies, the long-held perception of tolerant, racially benign societies south of the border changed precipitously over the first half of the twentieth century.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, African Americans, World History, Racial Relations, Racial Discrimination
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico; South America; Texas; United States