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Germans and African AmericansTwo Centuries of Exchange$
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Larry A. Greene and Anke Ortlepp

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737844

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737844.001.0001

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Field Trip into the Twilight

Field Trip into the Twilight

A German Africanist Discovers the Black Bourgeoisie at Howard University, 1937–1939.

(p.88) Field Trip into the Twilight
Germans and African Americans

Berndt Ostendorf

University Press of Mississippi

Julius Lips was among the fifty-one political refugees who fled Nazi-controlled Germany and Austria and sought asylum in America, where they eventually taught in nineteen historically black colleges located mainly in the South. This chapter focuses on Lips’s academic career at Howard University from 1937 to 1939 and his discovery of black bourgeoisie on campus. It also examines Forschungsreise in die Dämmerung (Field Trip into the Twilight), a novel written by Lips after his return to the communist East Germany, where he worked as rector of Leipzig University in the early 1950s. In his novel, Lips blames white racist capitalism for the plight of African Americans but also argues that African Americans had something to do with much of their situation.

Keywords:   political refugees, America, Germany, black colleges, Julius Lips, Howard University, Field Trip, capitalism, African Americans, bourgeoisie

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