468 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 color plates., 26 halftones, 1 map, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3271-1
Published: June 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3272-8
Published: April 2017
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Awards & distinctions
Finalist, Pauli Murray Award, African American Intellectual History Society
In this book, Ira Dworkin examines black Americans’ long cultural and political engagement with the Congo and its people. Through studies of George Washington Williams, Booker T. Washington, Pauline Hopkins, Langston Hughes, Malcolm X, and other figures, he brings to light a long-standing relationship that challenges familiar presumptions about African American commitments to Africa. Dworkin offers compelling new ways to understand how African American involvement in the Congo has helped shape anticolonialism, black aesthetics, and modern black nationalism.
About the Author
Ira Dworkin is assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University.
For more information about Ira Dworkin, visit the Author Page.
"Congo Love Song is the product of wide-ranging remarkable scholarship and original interpretation that address the international engagements of African Americans in new and thought-provoking ways."--Brenda Gayle Plummer, The Black Scholar
"The book's primary concern is to trace multiple routes of political engagement by African Americans . . . as being central to the making of modern black political culture. It meets this aim admirably."--Choice
"One of the most thoughtfully researched and deeply thoughtful analyses of African American interaction with the Congo."--The International Review of African American Art
“An enormously important book . . . . An important contribution to a body of work that is already changing the way we do history.”--American Historical Review
“Ira Dworkin's meticulously researched Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State thoroughly and insightfully addresses the often decontextualized links between the Congo and US history generally and African American political, religious, literary, and visual cultures specifically from the 1880s through the 1960s.”--MELUS
“A lively read, paced by clear writing and peppered with nearly forty photographs, illustrations, and plates of artwork. Lay readers who enjoyed popular works like Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost or Neal Ascherson’s The King Incorporated, will find this a much more academic approach to the Congo, but one just as digestible. . . . A valuable contribution to the John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture from UNC Press.”--Journal of African American History