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African American Identity as “Currency” Used to Advance the Acquisition of Economic Power: The Unanimous Decision of the 1834 Negro National Convention to Identify as “Other”

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When and how delegates at the 1834 National Negro Convention unanimously decided to discard their African identity in exchange for an American identity will be explored as an exchange of immense value—a variety of “identity currency” intended to advance the acquisition of economic and other sources of power for people of African American descent. The 1834 Convention is examined as a watershed event when many free people of African descent bartered for a new identity they perceived more valuable and therefore more "negotiable" in the arena of American life. This negotiation was led by a cohort of financially astute and well-off freedmen, many of whom were among the first African Americans to accumulate independent wealth. This financial status afforded them the ability to negotiate aspects of their American experience. This paper will trace the process by which an African identity came to be undervalued and dispensable. An exploration of the cultural currency that was lost through this negotiation will be highlighted.
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Michael-Bandele, Mwangaza. "African American Identity as “Currency” Used to Advance the Acquisition of Economic Power: The Unanimous Decision of the 1834 Negro National Convention to Identify as “Other”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436165_index.html>

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Michael-Bandele, M. "African American Identity as “Currency” Used to Advance the Acquisition of Economic Power: The Unanimous Decision of the 1834 Negro National Convention to Identify as “Other”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436165_index.html

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Abstract: When and how delegates at the 1834 National Negro Convention unanimously decided to discard their African identity in exchange for an American identity will be explored as an exchange of immense value—a variety of “identity currency” intended to advance the acquisition of economic and other sources of power for people of African American descent. The 1834 Convention is examined as a watershed event when many free people of African descent bartered for a new identity they perceived more valuable and therefore more "negotiable" in the arena of American life. This negotiation was led by a cohort of financially astute and well-off freedmen, many of whom were among the first African Americans to accumulate independent wealth. This financial status afforded them the ability to negotiate aspects of their American experience. This paper will trace the process by which an African identity came to be undervalued and dispensable. An exploration of the cultural currency that was lost through this negotiation will be highlighted.


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