Are names of groups like African American and Native American ever hyphened in MLA style?

In MLA style, if each part of the name of an ethnic or national group is an independent term, no hyphen is used, regardless of whether the name appears as a noun or an adjective:

Many Native Americans live in California.

I am studying African American literature.

If the name includes a combining form, however, a hyphen is needed: 

The book traces the history of Anglo-Americans in the United States.

Published 5 June 2018

Get MLA Style News from The Source

Be the first to read new posts and updates about MLA style.

The Source Sign-up - Style Center Footer

Skip to toolbar