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Black studies

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African American studies, or Black studies, is an interdisciplinary academic field devoted to the study of the history, culture, and politics of African Americans . Taken broadly, the field studies not only thecultures of people of African descent in the United States , but thecultures of the entire African diaspora , from the British Isles to the Caribbean .The field includes scholars of African American literature , history , politics , religion and religious studies , sociology , and many other disciplines within the humanities and social sciences .

Departments of African American studies were first created in the 1960s and 1970s as a result of student and faculty activism at many universities. The creation of programsand departments in Black studies was a common demand of protests and sit-ins byminority students and their allies, who felt that their cultures and interests were underserved by the traditional academicstructures.

Scholars in African American studies

Well-known authors in the field include:



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