English 001 A (Worthington): Where do I begin?

Disintegration/Reintegration (Daraja)


  • What is your group’s “backstory” or history? 
  • How does this history help shape the group’s identity today?
  • How might you include the three types of appeals:  ethos, pathos, and logos?

Topic Terms

"Mainstream" African Americans or Blacks

     Middle Class

     Black Flight and Suburb*

Poor or low income


    economic and social problems

   underclass status


Biracial or multiracial or mixed race




    light-skinned or HUMAN skin color

Wealthy or Powerful



African or Carib* Immigra*

   Name of origin Country such as Nigeria or South Africa


   AFRICAN diaspora

  Carib* Blacks and Immigra*

  CARIBBEAN people

   AFRICAN Americans -- Relations with Africans

   AFRICAN Americans -- Relations with West Indians;

   AFRICAN Americans -- Relations with Haitians;


Brainstorm Topic Ideas/Questions

 Think of your research questions as a “grocery list” designed to guide you through a huge “storehouse” of information. This list will prevent you from getting off track as you sift through large quantities of information. Your list of questions may change and/or expand as your research progresses.


The Abandoned

The Transcendents


 Black Role Models

 African Americans or Blacks or Black Americans

 Black Elite

 Public Services or Government Programs

 Success and African Americans

 Marshall Plan or Affirmative Action


The Mainstream Middle Class

The Emergent Immigrant

Black Middle Class

African Immigrants

Middle Class and African Americans

Africa and and Immigrants and United States

Middle Class and Politics

Education and African Immigrants

The Emergent-Mixed Race

Blacks and Race

Multiracial People or Bicultural or Mixed Race

African Americans and Culture

African Americans and History

Focus your Topic

Once you identify a topic of interest, your next task is to focus your research. It can be challenging to find a focus, especially if you know little about the topic you’ve chosen to explore. Here are three strategies that Librarians recommend:

1. Go back to “why” you chose your topic. What made you choose your topic in the first place?

2. Pay attention to what aspects of your topic others are exploring or have researched already. As you read, note what “grabs” you.

3. Talk to others about your topic. Having your topic reflected by someone else can often spark great ideas.


See the Colorado State Univ Library Tutorial for more tips on how you can focus your topic.

Other Subject terms

RACIAL identity of blacks or

RACIAL identity of African Americans or

RACIAL identity of racially mixed people or

Race identity

STEREOTYPES (Social psychology)

RACIAL differences



Racial passing


Affirmative Action