472 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
"In this clearly argued and impressively researched book, Ira Dworkin offers an interdisciplinary look at how the colonialized Congo became a site of African American anti-imperialist protest during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An important and original study."--Bill Mullen, Purdue University
“Insightful and authoritative,Congo Love Song is sure to reshape how we think about Black internationalism and African American engagement with Africa. A deeply researched and revelatory work.”--Alex Lubin, author of Geographies of Liberation
“This prodigiously researched, magisterial work surveys the depth and extent of African American engagements with the Congo through activism, literature, visual art, and material culture, all crucially framed by the era of colonialism. Shedding new light on such figures as George Washington Williams, Pauline Hopkins, William Sheppard, and Malcolm X, Congo Love Song shows that global routes of anticolonial struggle shaped African Americans' identifications with Africa.”--Kevin K. Gaines, Cornell University