Lecture 4: The Negro’s Sociological Position in the United States
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In this lecture Locke provides a sociological account of the experiences of African Americans in the United States. Here Locke seeks to establish a clear understanding of the history, and current condition of African Americans in the United States. Locke’s purpose is to make the particular segment of the larger African diasporic community in the Americas constituted by Afrodescendant people in the United States more accurately and critically understood to other parts of the diaspora. Equipped with that understanding, Locke is able to use Afrodescendant peoples in the United States as a test case for exploring the range of potential efforts aimed at ameliorating the myriad problems facing Afrodescendant populations in the Americas.