African-Americans or Black-Americans? Research Paper by Champ

African-Americans or Black-Americans?
This paper examines the impact of family history stories on African-American students' attitude and behavior.
# 99106 | 2,410 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 29, 2007 in African-American Studies (1950-Present)

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The paper explores whether documenting and researching Black-American history, especially individual family history, has an impact on Black-American students' attitude and behavior. The paper discusses the move away from an African-American identity to a distinctly Black-American identity. The paper relates that teaching the history and stories of Black-Americans has served to inspire and motivate Black-American students towards a more successful academic life. The paper concludes that Black-American students today are aware that their cultural heritage and tradition began in Africa, yet, informed with the stories of their past, their attitude is that they are predominantly Americans.

Family and Community History and Student Attitudes and Behavior

From the Paper:

"The history of Black Americans is one that began as slavery and oppression. It is only during the twenty years that Black Americans have had the full range of education, opportunity, and social equality to partake in the American dream. It was a long road to that point, and there remain challenges to be overcome, but the road towards overcoming those remaining challenges began with America's Civil War and freeing Black Americans from the condition of slavery. Many have traveled the road on behalf of equality and Civil Rights, and the challenges that remain today are the social and psychological barriers that prevent Black Americans from embracing the opportunities that were hard won on their behalf."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • And, J. G., & Abramowitz, R. H. (1992). 3 Sociocultural Risk and Opportunity. In Children and Families in the Social Environment (2nd ed., pp. 35-70). New York: Aldine De Gruyter. Retrieved June 7, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Butler, R. (2004). Mary Ellen Doyle. Voices from the Quarters: The Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines. African American Review, 38(2), 348+. Retrieved June 7, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Feldman, M. S., Skoldberg, K., Brown, R. N., & Horner, D. (2004). Making Sense of Stories: A Rhetorical Approach to Narrative Analysis. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 14(2), 147+. Retrieved June 7, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Garbarino, J., Abramowitz, R. H., Benn, J. L., Gaboury, M. T., Galambos, N. L., Garbarino, A. C., et al. (1992). Children and Families in the Social Environment (2nd ed.). New York: Aldine De Gruyter. Retrieved June 7, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Holland, S. P. (2000). Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Retrieved June 7, 2007, from Questia database:

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