Africans and Native Americans

The Language of Race and the Evolution of Red-Black PeoplesSecond Edition

Author: Jack D. Forbes
The groundbreaking study of Native American-African contact and related ideas of race
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1993
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About the Book

Jack D. Forbes's monumental Africans and Native Americans has become a canonical text in the study of relations between the two groups. Forbes explores key issues relating to the evolution of racial terminology and European colonialists' perceptions of color, analyzing the development of color classification systems and the specific evolution of key terms such as black, mulatto, and mestizo--terms that no longer carry their original meanings. Forbes also presents strong evidence that Native American and African contacts began in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

About the Author

Jack D. Forbes (d. 2011) was a professor emeritus and the director of Native American studies at the University of California-Davis. He was the author of Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism and Terrorism.

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"A great piece of scholarship, a refreshing analysis of race in the Americas, and a significant advance in the understanding of Africans and Americans in the ethnic makeup of this country."--Molefi K. Asante, author of Historical and Cultural Atlas of African Americans