Date of Award


Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Mohammed Hassen Ali - Chair

Second Advisor

Jared Poley


This thesis begins with a brief survey of African-American and Oromo history focusing specifically on their experiences under the yoke of an oppressive hegemony noting that they both experienced comparable hardships (a form of enslavement, tenancy, sharecropping, disfranchisement, etc.). It also looks at both groups’ subsequent development of cultural awareness and their desire for self-determination. In the case of African-Americans, these factors would lead to a national cry for equality and inclusion. For the Oromo of Ethiopia, these two factors led to an armed struggle for independence and the development of Oromo nationalism. Finally, an analysis is made of the socio-economic effects of the oppression and domination experienced by both groups and argues that in many instances the residual effects of the aforementioned hardships are ever present in contemporary society thus sparking the need for a continued struggle.