Abstract / Excerpt
“For generations, African Americans have left the U.S. in search of freedom from racism and oppression. But what do they actually find when they settle overseas?” In her article, Professor Springer considers the stories of well-known Black expats such as James Baldwin and Josephine Wright in addition to her own experience living abroad to explore the realities of racism, nationalism, and colonialism on a global scale.
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The Tricky Allure of Becoming a Black American Expatriate
In his 1960 short story "This Morning, This Evening, So Soon," which was first published in The Atlantic, James Baldwin describes the pervasive feeling that informed his expatriatism: the bitter push of American racism versus the sweet pull of life elsewhere.