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Perhaps the greatest significance of African cultural survivals in North America is that they raise profound questions—moral, legal, sociological, psychological, and otherwise—about the right of African people, and therefore of all peoples, to their own history, their own culture, and their own identity.


African cultural survivals are aspects of African culture that have persisted from the time of the arrival of Africans in North America to this day. African cultural survivals are also referred to as “Africanisms” and “cultural retentions.” An African cultural survival is relatively unchanged, still recognizable as itself from the time of its arrival here from Africa. There were Africans in North America, on their own accord, before the greater number of arrivals during this brutal period of the ...

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