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University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Jeannette Eileen Jones (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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$216,106 (approved)
$216,106 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 8/31/2022

To Enter Africa from America: The United States, Africa, and the New Imperialism, 1862–1919

Research and preparation of an online resource and print publication about United States engagement with Africa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (36 months)

To Enter Africa from America (TEAA) is a collaborative research project whose goal is to reveal little known patterns of American movement across Africa in the context of broader American ideas about the continent that emerged during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Specifically, TEAA places those actions in dialogue with the “African Question”—a body of political discourses that emerged during the mid-19th century that sought to articulate the meaning and relevance of Africa in an increasingly Eurocentric interconnected world. The collaborators argue that scholars have overlooked, underestimated, and understudied the new imperialism in Africa in the historical context of U.S. expansion and empire. TEAA will explore how such connections formed through American diplomatic, social, religious, and leisure activities in Africa, producing a published, peer-reviewed scholarly digital project, an interdisciplinary symposium, and a peer-reviewed edited volume of interpretive essays.