Persons forcibly kidnapped from a 3,000-mile stretch of West Africa and enslaved in North America came from a wide variety of different ethnic groups with distinctive traditions. They formed new families and established common values, traditions, and a group identity. They used the term “African” in the 1770s, “colored” and “Negro” in the 1830s, “colored,” “Negro,” and “Afro-American” in the 1900s. “Black” and “African American” became the dominant terms after the 1970s.
Presenter: De Witt Dykes