Abstract

This essay explores the debate that arose around the adoption of Black German children by African American parents and the subsequent immigration of these children to the United States. Using a comparative approach, the article probes the underlying internal social and political controversies in postwar Germany and the United States that led to and accompanied these events, concluding that both the plans for and practical implementation of the adoption of these Black German children abroad was an complex and contradictory attempt to solve the "problem" a German-born Black population was seen to pose.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6512
Print ISSN
0161-2492
Pages
pp. 342-362
Launched on MUSE
2003-05-19
Open Access
No
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