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Meaning of a "nation" and a "nation within a nation"

I’ve recently been working on some essays for an undergraduate resource, in which several different scholars answer the same question with different answers. The idea is to give undergrads a sense of the way a historical argument is composed, as well as a range of ways to answer major historical questions. One of my questions was: “Do African Americans constitute a nation within a nation?” In order to answer this question I started to muse on two disparate ideas–what is a nation? and what is black nationalism? Most of the study of the concept of “nation” that I have done Read more