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Teaching African American Studies in the US and the UK

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 May 2018

Kate Dossett, Department of History, University of Leeds. Email:
Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan. Email:
Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Department of History, Ohio State University. Email:
Nicole King, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London. Email:
Lydia Plath, Department of History, University of Warwick. Email:
Alan Rice, Institute for Black Atlantic Research, School of Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire. Email:
Karen Salt, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham. Email:


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2 For one example see the controversial “Trump Syllabus” and the response to it from the African American Intellectual History Society (Trump Syllabus 2.0). “Trump 101,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 June 2016, at, accessed 7 Aug. 2017; N. D. B. Connolly and Keisha Blain, “An Introduction to Trump Syllabus 2.0,” Black Perspectives, 28 June 2016, at, accessed 7 May 2017.

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11 In her biography of Sojourner Truth, Nell Irvin Painter argues that though the ideas presented in Truth's speech were indeed Truth's, the framing and rhetoric were very much the work of the abolitionist Frances Dana Gage. See Painter, Nell Irvin, Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1996)Google Scholar.

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