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Title:'And Ethiopia shall stretch forth its hands': the origins of Ethiopianism in Afro-American thought 1767-1896
Author:Scott, WilliamISNI
Year:1978
Periodical:Umoja: a scholarly journal of Black Studies
Volume:2
Issue:1
Pages:1-14
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
United States
Subjects:African Americans
pan-Africanism
Abstract:From about the time of America's great religious awakening in the eighteenth century through the years following its great economic depression in the twentieth, a complex of romantic, spiritual and political beliefs associated with the land known as Ethiopia informed the thought and conduct of numerous Afro-Americans. Many Afro-Americans saw Ethiopia as a black Zion and they often perceived that territory, however defined, as the salvation of the race. By documenting expressions of Ethiopianism in the poetry, sermons, speeches and historical writings of a black urban elite in America between 1767 and 1896, the present article attempts to expand the state of knowledge on this subject and to advance the thesis that Ethiopianism was pervasive in certain Afro-American circles long before the Emperor Menelik's victory over the Italians at Adowa at the end of the nineteenth century. Notes.
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