Book Charts Journey From African-American to Hebrew Israelite

The dramatic transformation in the last 50 years of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem is the subject of an engaging, though sometimes evasive, work of scholarship.

“Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem,” by John L. Jackson, Jr. Harvard University Press, 404 pages, $45

In May of 1967, at the height of the U.S. civil rights movement, a group of African Americans sold their possessions and migrated to Liberia in West Africa. Convinced that black people would never be truly free in the United States, these...