African Americans

Iris Carlton-LaNey and Tanya Smith Brice

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
African Americans


African Americans (also known as Afro-Americans, blacks, black Americans, or Negroes) are citizens of the United States who have biological and cultural origins in the continent of Africa. Most African Americans are descendants of kidnapped Africans enslaved in the institution of chattel slavery widely practiced in the New World from 1619 through 1865. It is important to remember that African American history does not start with the institution of slavery but extends to ancient Africa, including the origins of humankind and the rise of civilization. Although thousands of miles and many generations removed from the African continent, African Americans share many cultural practices with contemporary Africans, particularly with West Africans. The African American fight for freedom from enslavement, endurance through the injustices of apartheid policies, and struggles for civil rights characterize their experiences in the United States. It is out of these experiences that the unique stylings of African American arts and social structures arise. It is also due to these struggles that African Americans are disproportionately represented in negative social indicators.

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Subjects: Social Work

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