Amos J. Beyan

Amos J. Beyan

Amos J. Beyan


Dr. Amos J. Beyan
Professor
Ph.D., West Virginia University (1985)
African; African American History; Comparative Atlantic

Office: (269) 387-4639
Email:
amos.beyan@wmich.edu

Location
4402 Friedmann

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334



Curriculum Vitae

Teaching

Areas of teaching interests include: African Civilization to 1800; African Civilization from 1800; African American History; Topics in African History; History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Topics in African American History; Readings and Research in African History; Readings and Research in African American History; and the Historiography of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Research

Areas of research interests include: the American Colonization Society and the settling of African Americans on the coastal area that became known as Liberia in 1822; the malaguetta coast and the making of colonial South Carolina; the historiography of the transatlantic slave trade; and the role played by pre-Liberian societies in the development of the North American “Atlantic Community” in the eighteenth century.

Selected Publications:

Books:

African American Settlements in West Africa: John Brown Russwurm and the American Civilizing Efforts (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2005).

D. Elwood Dunn, and Patrick Burrowes, eds. Historical Dictionary of Liberia (Scarecrow Press, 2001).

The American Colonization Society and the Creation of the Liberian State (University Press of America, 1991).

Articles:

"The Anthiseses of of Liberia's Independence in Historical Perspective, 1822-1997" in Liberian Studies Journal vol. 22, no. 2, (1997).

"The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Coastal Area of Pre-Liberia in The Historian vol. 57, no. 3, (1995). 

"The American Background  of Recurrent Theme in the Politcal History of Liberia vol. 19, no. 2 (1994).

"TheDevelopment of Kikuyu Politics during the Depression Years, 1929-1939 in The Journal of Third World Studies vol. 6,  no. 2 (1989).

"The American Colonization Society and the Origins of Undemocratic Institutions in Liberia" in The Liberian Studies Journal. vol. 14, no. 2. (1989).

"The American Colonization Society and the Socio-Religious Characterization of Liberia" in The Liberian Studies Journal  vol. 11, no. 1, (1986)

Scholarly Reference Articles:

“Africanus, Leo.” In, Cultural Sociology of the Middle East Asia, and Africa Vol. 2 edited by Andrea L. Stanton, Edward Ramsamy, Pater J. Seybolt, and Carolyn M. Elliot, 166-168, Sage Press, 2012.

“Delaney, Martin.” In Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa Vol. 2 edited by Andrea L. Stanton, Edward Ramsamy, Peter J. Seybolt, and Carolyn M. Elliot,126-128, Sage Press, 2012.

“Liberia,” In Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa Vol. 2 edited by Andrea L. Stanton, Edward Ramsamy, Peter J. Seybolt, and Carolyn M. Elliot,168-170, Sage Press, 2012.

“Sierra Leone,” In, Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa Vol. 2 edited by Andrea L. Stanton, Edward Ramsamy, Peter J. Seybolt, and Carolyn M. Elliot,193-195, Sage Press, 2012.

“Trans-Saharan Trade.” In Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa Vol. 2 edited by Andrea L. Stanton, Edward Ramsamy, Peter J. Seybolt, and Carolyn M. Elliot186-188 Sage Press, 2012.

“Triangular and the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” In Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa Vol. 2 edited by Andrea L. Stanton, Edward Ramsamy, Peter J. Seybolt, and Carolyn Elliot, 205-207.   Sage Press, 2012.

"Mane and 16th Century Migrations" and "Liberia: Blyden E. W., 1832-1912" in Kevin Shillington, ed. Encyclopedia of African History vols. 1 and 2 (Routledge, 2005).

Fourteen reference articles in Charles D. Lowery and John F. Marszalek, eds. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights: From Emancipation to the Twenty-First Century 2 vols. (Greenwood Press, 2003).

Ten reference articles in Robert Jenkins and Tryman, eds. Encyclopedia of Malcolm X (Greenwood, 2002).

Seventy-six reference articles in D. Elwood Dunn, Amos J. Beyan, and Patrick Burrowes, eds. The Historical Dictionay of Liberia (Secacrow Press, 2001).

Two reference articles  in M. W. Williams, ed. The African American Encyclopedia 4 vols. (Salem Press, 1993).

Ten reference articles in C. D. Lowery and J. F. Marszalek, eds. Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights to  the Present. (Greenwood Press, 1992). 

Served as a reader for the following journals and press:

The Historian, 2002

The Liberian Studies Journal, 1998, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002

University Press of Kentucky, 1997

The Journal of American History, 1995

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1995

Nineteenth Century Contexts, 1995

Editor, Liberian Studies Journal, 2004-2007

Book Reviews:

Sudan: Darfur and the Failure of an African State by Richard Cockett. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2010. Pp. vii, 315 In The Historian Vol. 74, Issue 1, (spring, 2012): 90-92.

An African Republican: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia Chapel Hill, by Marie Tyler McGraw. Journal of American History 95:3 (2008), 832-833.

Kenneth C. Barnes, Journal of Hope: The Back to African Movement in Arkansas in the Late 1800s. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2004 in The American Historical Review. vol. 110, no. 3, June 2005.

Claude Clegg, The Price of Liberty: The African Americans and Making of Liberia. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2004, in The Journal of American History vol. 91, no. 4, March 2005.

Claude Daniel Ardouin and Emmanuel Arinze, eds. Museums and History in West Africa. Washington DC. Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001 in The Public Historian. vol. 23, no. 2, 2001.

Lamin Sanneh, Abolitionists Abroad: American Blacks and the Making of Modern West Africa. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999 in The Historian. vol. 63, no. 4, 2001.

Adeleke Tunde, UnAfrican Americans: Nineteenth Century Black Nationalist and the Civilizing Mission. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1998 in The Liberian Studies Journal. vol. 24, no. 1, 1999.

Adell Patton, Physicians, Colonial Racism, and Diaspora in West Africa. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, in The Journal of Third World Studies. vol. 16, no. 2, 1999.

Samba Diop, Oral History and Literature of the Wolof People of Waalo, Northern Senegal: The Master of the word Griot in Wolof Traditions. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1998 in The Historian. vol. 60 no. 2, 1998.

J. Gus Liebenow, Liberia: The Quest for Democracy. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1987 in The Third World Studies. vol. 5, no. 2, 1988.

Katherine Harris, African and American Values: Liberia and West Africa. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1985 in The Liberian Studies Journal. vol. 12, no. 2, 1987.

Ibrahim K. Sundiata, Black Scandal: and the Liberian Labor Crisis, 1929-1936. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1980 in The Liberian Studies Journal. vol. 11, no. 1,1986.      

 

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