Encyclopedia of Science Education

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Black or African Ancestry

  • Mary M. Atwater
  • Melody L. Russell
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_399-2

An examination of Black ancestry provides insight into both US history and world history. From a historical perspective, Black Americans are the only racial/ethnic group that came to the United States of America initially as involuntary immigrants. Much of their African ancestral language and cultural traditions were destroyed after two centuries of enslavement and bondage. Africans represent a myriad of ethnic groups with over 800 languages. From a more modern perspective, primarily the miscegenation between Africans and Europeans and Africans and Native Americans resulted in the ethnic group more currently identified in the United States of America as “Black Americans” or “American Americans.” Furthermore, Black Americans in the United States of America, though descendants of Africa, do not identify with the culture, language, and traditions of their African ancestry since much of their history has been defined on US soil through a lens of westernized culture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Education, Department of Mathematics and Science EducationUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.College of Education, Department of Curriculum and TeachingAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA