[Ads-l] Article on Origin of Term "African-American"

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jan 9 00:42:03 UTC 2016


Fred, has anything been said about the 70-year gap between 1890 and 1961/62 in the OED's quotations for both African-American and Afro-American?  Was some other ethnonym preferred in that period?


Joel

 

      From: "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
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In the latest installment of my column in the Yale Alumni Magazine, I discuss the earliest known use of the term "African-American."  This has been written up previously by the New York Times, but I dig deeper in this column by consulting with two scholars of African-American history and having them speculate about what kind of person the coiner of the term might have been.

http://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/4216/the-origin-of-african-american

Fred Shapiro

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