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    Pioneers of the Black Atlantic: Five Slave Narratives from the Enlightenment, 1772-1815
    by Henry Louis Gates, William L. Andrews
    Paperback (01 October, 1998)
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    The transatlantic slave trade was the underside of the Enlightenment's achievements in social progress, and for many Africans, Afro-Caribbeans, and Afro-Americans, narratives of their experiences were the most powerful weapons for achieving self-affirmation and freedom. "The stakes were high," notes Pioneers of the Black Atlantic coeditor Henry Louis Gates Jr. "If blacks could be shown to be capable of imaginative literature, they might jump a few links of the Chain of Being, in a pernicious game of 'Mother May I?'" The five works in this engaging collection represent the wide range of opinions and viewpoints of black thought in the 18th century. "A Narrative of the Lord's Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black" and "The Life, History, and Unparalleled Sufferings of John Jea, the African Preacher" recount the Christian fervor of black liberation and the cultural collisions of Negroes and Indians. In "A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, As Related by Himself," we witness the New World Creolization of African and European sensibilities. Ottabah Cugoano's "Thoughts and Sentiment on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species" is an impassioned, Afro-Victorian outcry against the enslavement of human beings, while "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African" is one of the most comprehensive and well-known accounts of the early American black experience (and is, by far, the longest of the narratives here). Pioneers of the Black Atlantic provides valuable insight into a literary movement that was as powerful in its day as the Harlem Renaissance would be a century later. As Gates's collaborator, William L. Andrews, writes, "The literary efforts of these pioneering writers to fashion a distinctly multicultural identity for themselves in their autobiographies resonate powerfully with our contemporary world." --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1887178988
    Subjects:  1. African Americans    2. American - African American & Black    3. Biography    4. Caribbean Area    5. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General    6. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor    7. History    8. History - General History    9. Slavery    10. Slaves    11. Social Science    12. Sociology    13. Sources    14. To 1863    15. United States    16. United States - Colonial Period   


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    Kinship: A Family's Journey in Africa and America
    by Philippe E. Wamba, Phillipe Wamba
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    With his bicultural heritage, journalist Philippe Wamba--born of an African American mother and Congolese father and reared in California, Boston, Tanzania, and the Congo--offers an evenhanded and encyclopedic examination of the facts and fictions that have grown on both sides of the Atlantic. "My Blackness has been the bridge that has linked my two identities," he writes, "the commonality that my split selves share." In this exceptional book, Wamba recounts the long history of the African image among black Americans, from the 18th-century Senegal-born slave poet Phyllis Wheatley to Marcus Garvey, the fiery back-to-Africa "race man" of the early 1900s. Across the water, Wamba tells how Africans waited for Afro-Americans to liberate them from colonialism, and how their leaders like Haile Selassie, Kwame Nkrumah, and Patrice Lumumba interacted with their transatlantic brethren. Wamba also recalls how he was treated as a foreigner in Tanzania, the ambivalence his mother received from his paternal relatives, and the idealism that U.S. blacks have of the continent, which at times has led to uncritical support of corrupt dictators like the former Zaire's Mobutu Sese Seko (who once imprisoned Wamba's activist father). As he relates how Michael Jackson sneaks Swahili words in his songs while African kids incorporate hip-hop slang into their vocabulary, Wamba lays out the past perils and, ultimately, the future promise of transcontinental black unity. "I have discovered that African Americans and Africans are culturally distinct," he says. "But through the evidence of history and my own personal experience, I have learned that Africans and Black Americans can move beyond their real and perceived differences to celebrate and build on what they share." --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Truly Controversial Issue!!!
    I am currently a high school student attending a public school in California. I was born in Senegal west Africa came here when I was nine years old, and believe me I was surprised. In Senegal, the average citizens image of North America is paradise. In reality is it? NO. In America the average Americans image of Africa is a jungle. In reality is it really? NO. So you see, -Kinship- is a book that I would recommend to anyone who refuses to continue growing up being ignorant of an important part of history. Some of the misconceptions Americans have on Africa are really heart-breaking, and those of Africans about Black Americans are also very misunderstood and to help prevent further ignorance I encourage all parents of African/ African-American Children to make it their job to educate their children about the opposite culture, because I believe it is the only tool we have to help us unite as one culture which is "Black or African" just like all white people call themselves "European". Let us not rely on the Discovery Channel and National Geographics because like Malcolm X said: The media has the power to make the guilty innocent and the innocent guilty.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Splendid work
    It is indeed a superb work by Phillipe. I find this book filled with enlightening facts and ideas, that in one way or another will [or has] help strengthen the black diaspora relations in recent decades. I Was really looking forward reading more work by Mr. P Wamba. May the Lord rest his Soul in Peace.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A book ahead of its time
    Philippe Wamba's book is a must read for all interested in humanity.Mr. Wamba records history that has been ignored by the world community in an interesting storytelling style. The book is ahead of its time. The author digs deep into the untold stories to examine the cause of division among people, from a global prospective.

    Mr. Wamba's rich observation is enhanced by his knowledge of history and a humble way of looking at his personal experiences across continents.In addition, he engages readers with an exemplary family and a coming of age story. The writer parallels his family tale with world history and current events. In the process, he neatly packages information that is not readily available. The book will make you laugh with pleasant stories and cry with cruel tales.

    It is a shame how we humans continue to ignore ideas that unite and enlighten us in favor of the old dividing ones, as we keep losing forward thinking leaders before their time - such as Philippe Wamba. The book shows us what type of history we create when we function in this world based on suspicion and ignorance among each other. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0452278929
    Subjects:  1. African Americans    2. Africans    3. Biography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Black American Sociology    7. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General    8. Family    9. People of Color    10. Relations with Africans    11. Social Science    12. Sociology - Marriage & Family    13. United States   


    Roots (Dell Book)
    by ALEX HALEY
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (15 October, 1980)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
    I really liked this story because it just kept me reading and it really opened my eyes to slavery and how wrong it is. The best part of the story was with Chicken George. This book should be required reading in high schools everywhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An important story that everyone should read
    The story focuses predominantly on the experiences of Kunta Kinte, an abducted slave brought to America.As a newly arrived African, he makes keen observations about the injustices of the slave trade as well as the hypocrisies of white "civilized" society.Although the slave masters try to control their slaves by erasing all traces of their ancestral identities, Kunta holds dearly to his African roots.

    The book loses a little steam when it moves on to the following generations of characters, perhaps because they seem complacent to their situation, and have retained so little of their fascinating cultural roots.The story, however, picks up again with dramatic force in the final chapters.

    This book will move you and infuriate you.It is such an important read because it brings the injustices of the slave trade to a personal level.It is also relatable for anyone who cherishes their cultural background.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Roots; The Saga of an American family
    If you are interested in the history and life of slavery, then you will love this book. Roots is a story that takes you through the generations of an African American family as early as the 1700's. The beginning setting takes place in the Gambia of Africa at the village of Juffire where Kunta Kinte, Alex Haley's great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, was born. Around his late teen years, he was captured by a group of white slave sellers, and he survived the horrific trip through the middle passage to America. After arriving, he tries to run away four different times and is then sold to a new master. Here, Kunta meets and marries the housemaid Belle and they have a child named Kizzy. As the story progresses, it eventually leads through generations of Kunta's family to the birth of author Alex Haley. Haley then explains how and why he wrote this book. I liked this book and enjoyed reading it. Before I had read it, I could never actually grasp the idea of what slavery was. This novel displayed the hardships of slaves, especially how hard it was to keep a family together. It also made me realize how we are all connected to people who were alive in the 1700's and earlier, no matter how unrealistic it may seem now. At certain parts in this book, I had to push myself to keep reading, but in the end it was worth it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0440174643
    Sales Rank: 92095
    Subjects:  1. Biography / Autobiography    2. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    3. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor    4. Haley family    5. Haley, Alex    6. Kinte family    7. People of Color    8. Sagas    9. Fiction / Family Saga   


    Complete Writings (Penguin Classics)
    by PhillisWheatley, VincentCarretta
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 January, 2001)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A vital foremother of African-American literature
    "Complete Writings" brings together a rich collection of the work of Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784). The book has been edited by Vincent Carretta, who also provides an introduction and notes. Wheatley, a Black African-born woman, was taken from her homeland as a child and sold into slavery in the United States. Her owners provided her with an excellent education, and she became a poet: indeed, a foremother of African-American poetry.

    This volume contains Wheatley's poems, including the contents of her historic collection "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" (1773).The book also contains more than 20 of her letters, thus allowing readers to appreciate her prose style. As appendixes, the book also contains the writings of three other pioneering New World poets of African heritage: Lucy Terry Prince (c. 1730-1821), Jupiter Hammon (1711-c. 1806), and Francis Williams (c. 1700-c. 1770). Seeing the works of these Black poets helps one to read Wheatley's work in a larger context.

    Yes, one could say that some of Wheatley's work is derivative and repetitive. But the best of her poetry is truly extraordinary: technically impressive, moving, and thought-provoking. Much of her work is animated by her fervent evangelical Christian beliefs. But particularly significant are those poems that articulate an African or African-American consciousness. The most noteworthy of her poems invite careful re-reading. And the collection of her letters creates a fascinating portrait of a young African-American woman striving to create a career for herself as a literary artist in the 18th century. This book is essential for those with a serious interest in U.S. history and literature, as well as for those with an interest in African Diaspora studies. ... Read more

    Isbn: 014042430X
    Sales Rank: 292038
    Subjects:  1. 1753-1784    2. African American women poets    3. African Americans    4. American - General    5. Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775    6. Correspondence    7. General    8. Literary Collections    9. Literature - Classics / Criticism    10. Literature: Classics    11. Poetry    12. Poets, American    13. Wheatley, Phillis,    14. Wheatley, Phillis, 1753-1784    15. American English    16. American studies    17. Black studies    18. Other prose: 16th to 18th centuries    19. Poetry / General    20. USA    21. Wheatley, Phillis    22. Works by individual poets: 16th to 18th centuries   


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    The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness
    by Paul Gilroy
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars a textual odyssey of rethinking black political culture.
    In "The Black Atlantic" Paul Gilroy constructs an excellent text based on the black diasporic experience. His views of black culture as being a dynamic networked construct based on the idea of the diaspora derived from Jewish culture, is an illuminating concept that contains great substance. Gilroy's underlying transnational humanism (that can be read in his latest pseudo-utopian work "Against Race") and vital rethinking about the perils of cultural nationalism and the urgent benefits of a unique hybrid culture is a thoroughly needed breath in the stasis of linear monocultural thinking. The book functions in an excellent manner in addressing the complex dynamics of slavery, colonization, and their inherent residual effects on black political culture. In addition the method in which Gilroy weaves Adorno, Hendrix, hip-hop culture, Du Bois, Wright, Hegel and a host of others in a clear and eloquent manner is cause for reading in itself. In a nutshell, this is a valuable sociological and philosophical work that creates a rupture in linear, absolutist views of history, sexuality, identity and other various elements in relation to black particularity. In this book Gilroy composes the dynamics of intercultural exchange (whether artistic, political, social, moral etc.) as well as attributing to socialized historical memory through its brilliant text.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Disavowal of Double Consciousness
    The Black Atlantic is an attempt to call to attention the contribution ofthe slaves to the progression of modernity.Submitting himself to theoperation of Western modernity, Gilroy recognizes that there exists adouble consciousness in the black flesh, that is, the black sees his ownimage through the 'other.'However, as to me, we should find the thirdterm--denegation to revolute against the metaphysic difference and culturalstrength instead.Denegation in its very essence is not to break down theestablished but rather to hold a critical eye on the contigent culturaltransformation and has the self recognize the alterity.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An insightful look at black transglobal culture
    Paul Gilroy brings a fresh eye and mind to the challenging task of examining black cultural and political manifestations as they affect the transglobal community. Gilroy, unlike some cultural theorists, sees theinterconnectedness between those discourses around race, class, gender, andsexuality and its impact on the black and world communities. It is hisarticulation of how these entities are intertwined that makes for a freshand insightful examination of contemporary black diasporic experience. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0674076060
    Sales Rank: 80563
    Subjects:  1. American - African American & Black    2. History    3. History: World    4. People of Color    5. Reference    6. Sociology    7. Sociology - General   


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    The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Or, Africa for the Africans (The New Marcus Garvey Library, No. 9)
    by Marcus Garvey, Amy Jacques Garvey
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 November, 1986)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Delve Into The Mind Of Marcus Garvey
    In compiling this book, Mrs. Garvey has succeeded in revealing the true mindset of one of the greatest Black leaders of the 20th century. By presenting Marcus Garvey's actual letters, speeches and writings, we are granted the privilege of reading HIS OWN WORDS, instead of yet another author's interpretation. Additionally, I was very pleased that the book explained the actions of those who conspired to thwart Garvey's efforts (many of whom he actually mentions by name) and the conditions that effectuated his eventual deportation. I found this writing especially useful in understanding Garvey's true feelings regarding the N.A.A.C.P. and W.E.B. DuBois, as well as his views on racism, Pan-Africanism, and how peoples of all races can co-exist in peace. An absolute MUST READ for any student of the Great Marcus Garvey, and his lifelong effort to improve the conditions of Black people around the world!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great advice from the father of Modern Black Nationalism
    This is truly a classic of Black literature. The first half of the book contains very constructive advice on living and self-determination regardless of color. The second half gets intohis organization the UNIA with some actual documents. The "Declaration of the Rights of the Negro" (1920) is the blueprint for many of the anti-colonial movements to come. My only problem with the book is the occasionally divisive comments about light-skinned Blacks in his discussion of the destruction of his movement. Other than that, it's great reading. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0912469242
    Sales Rank: 60412
    Subjects:  1. African Americans    2. General    3. History Of Blacks    4. Philosophy    5. Sociology    6. United States - General   


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    The Myth of the Negro Past
    by Melville J. Herskovits
    Paperback (01 March, 1990)
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    Isbn: 0807009059
    Sales Rank: 313096
    Subjects:  1. African Americans    2. Anthropology - General    3. Blacks    4. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor    5. General    6. History    7. History Of Blacks    8. History: American    9. Sociology    10. United States - General    11. Social Science / African-American Studies   


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    Biography of a Runaway Slave
    by Miguel Barnet, W. Nick Hill
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 August, 1994)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Questionable change of authorship
    In the preface to the (translated) 1968 edition of "The Autobiography of a Runaway Slave" (by Esteban Montejo, edited by Miguel Barnet), Barnet describes how Montejo had recounted his life story and adds, "Esteban soon became the real author of this book.He was constantly looking at my notebook, and he almost forced me to write down everything he said."

    Though I do not own a copy of the recent edition, it is very puzzling that Barnet now lists himself as first author, followed by the translator, with Montejo's name last.Certainly the work of an editor or translator is arduous, and deserves proper credit.Yet both are distinct from the author's.

    It's both an irony and a shame that Barnet, who is a white member of Cuba's ruling elite, seems to have appropriated the story of a poor, black slave, whose protests and defiance more than 100 years ago would surely be considered counter-revolutionary today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars REVIEW QUOTES
    "...a powerful account of a vanished world...invaluable." --Newsweek

    "An extraordinary record of a bygone era...Montejo reveals an appealing personality as he talks of women, religion, and politics. His descriptions of the activities and treatment of slaves on the Spanish plantations before and after abolition are fascinating. A rare record of history as it was lived..." --Library Journal

    "Its contribution to our understanding of Cuban history and national temperament is no less than its immense appeal as a human testament...All the fire and dash of the Cuban character, the refusal ever to cringe or to give up, take on flesh and meaning in the reminiscences of this stubborn veteran." --Times Literary Supplement

    4-0 out of 5 stars a worthy read, some dull parts
    some of this book was fascinating...to me.i found the old man's recollections of so many aspects of long-past cuba's rural life just gripping, but even moreso, to have it told, more or less, in his words, just added a special dimension that no other type of book could really create.i felt like i was being led on a journey by a character of such realness that no true "biographer" or fiction writer could approximate it.

    particularly good parts:his descriptions of the cruelty of cuban slavery, of the cruelty of whites, of his ideas about sex, about certain aspects of the war for independence

    now for the bad stuff:some of it, i must admit, just dragged.he was a religious/mystical guy, and all his descriptions of the old religions, though certainly realistic and valid, were just boring to me, and i started skimming.also, in part this book was the recollections of a 105 year old man, and so, while i give such an old man credit for being able to tell a good story (or perhaps the credit is due to the editor), it still reads at point like...an old man's story, and not an old man who has a true gift for story-telling.as for plot, forget it.suspense...think again.drama...no.just the facts, and thank god they're interesting enough on their own. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1880684187
    Sales Rank: 158457
    Subjects:  1. 1860-1973    2. 19th century    3. Biography    4. Biography & Autobiography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. Biography/Autobiography    7. Cuba    8. Cuba - History    9. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General    10. Fugitive slaves    11. General    12. Historical - General    13. History    14. History Of Blacks    15. Montejo, Esteban,    16. Plantation life    17. Revolutionaries    18. Montejo, Esteban   


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    Abolitionists Abroad: American Blacks and the Making of Modern West Africa
    by Lamin O. Sanneh
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Antistructure and the Antislavery Cause
    With "Abolitionists Abroad," Lamin Sanneh has produced another great piece of scholarship, one of the best books on West Africa ever written.Sanneh examines antislavery not as an intellectual exercise by Western elites but as a movement of former slaves and former captives who went to West Africa to fight slavery and the slave trade.Crucial to Sanneh's book is the concept of "antistructure," which is the framework used by Sanneh to signal the opposition to chieftain authority structures that became the foundation of antislavery in Sierra Leone.These former slaves and former captives sought to undermine the chieftain values of birth, rank, and patronage and replace them with enlightened values--informed by American Christianity and republicanism--such as freedom and inclusiveness.The proliferation of evangelical Christianity taught ex-slaves the idea that everyone is equal in God's eyes, and these blacks soon began to find its "earthly counterpart in liberty without prejudice."Former American slaves and recaptives alike insisted on equal rights under the law, and opposed official British attempts to meddle with their religious practices.They found prosperity in the growth of legitimate trading enterprises, which served as an alternative model to the economic system of the chiefs, which was closely tied to the slave trade.The final result was the creation of a new kind of society in which chiefly authority was contested, Christanity was tranformed, and former slaves were able to use their "second chance" to pursue dignified and productive lives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lamin Sanneh writes another brilliant work
    I have now read more than 5 of Lamin Sanneh's books and many of his published article's. Being a student of his at Yale, I was fortunate enough to learn side by side with a legend in the field of African history.Abolitionists Abroad is one that everyone must read. Sanneh writes in aclear and easy to comprehend manner that every book lover will appreciate.I highly recommend this book and others written by Lamin Sanneh includingTranslating the message and West African Christianity. I was fortunateenough to learn in the classroom with this brilliant mind, here is yourchance to learn in your home. Five stars. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0674000609
    Sales Rank: 1130823
    Subjects:  1. 18th century    2. 19th century    3. Africa - General    4. Africa, West    5. African Americans    6. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General    7. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor    8. Freedmen    9. History    10. History - General History    11. Slavery    12. Social Science    13. Sociology    14. To 1884   


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    The World and Africa
    by W. E. B. Dubois
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1979)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A must read for the student of world history.
    DuBois' work is a seminal accomplishment. This is a wonderful survey of the important, nay, vital role that Afrika and Afrikan people have played in world history. DuBois gives the reader an intricate and thoroughgoingglimpse at how Afrika and all of her resources - mineral, human, land -have shaped the destiny and laid the foundation for the modern world. Amust read for the novice or specialist in Afrikan history and geopolitics.Further, the author shows how European economies have been bolstered at theexpense of Afrikan people. In one chapter, "The Rape of Africa,"the reader is given a chance to see how the colonial powers partitioned thecontinent to satisfy their own hegemonic and dastardly needs. This is animportant work that should, no doubt, be a cornerstone of any BlackStudies, Political Science, or World History class. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0717802213
    Sales Rank: 399096
    Subjects:  1. Africa    2. Africa - General    3. History    4. History - General History    5. Politics/International Relations   


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    Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century
    by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for LA African and FPOC genealogy
    ok. Maybe I'm biased since I am a direct descendant of many of the African/FPOC families listed in the book. However, what Dr. Hall has done for Louisiana genealogy research is nothing short of miraculous.

    I purchased this book several years ago in Natchitoches, LA while in college and have consulted it and Dr. Hall's online database faithfully since then. It has been instrumental in my being able to trace my direct and indirect family lines back into 17th century France and Western Africa.

    I think this book is an absolute must for those who have a real interest in gaining insight into the Louisiana "peculiar institution" or who desire a good, solid, and well-researched social commentary and genealogical database.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Setting The Record Straight
    This book corrects the many lies that racist white Louisianians and their Creole of color sympathizers have been telling about the origins of all things Louisiana for decades. It reclaims Louisiana for the Africans, who were brought there as chattle property to build the buildings, cultivate the land, blacksmith the iron and ultimately create the culture.

    As a descendant of Colonial Louisiana Africans, this book was the first to tell me that I am a descendant of the Bamana of Mali. It is one of the only books I have come acrossto describe in detail, the battles of Louisiana maroon leader Saint Juan Malo. It is one of the first to tell it like it is concerning the true relationship of the French and Africans of this bastard french colony & address the underlying factors of why it became an Afro-creole colony more so than anything else. Basically this book tells the unadulterated truth backed by facts. It doesn't, like so many other books about Louisiana, get caught up in the romance of the Creoles of color and there obsession with their white fathers. Instead it tells the story of their Senegambian mothers. And shows how the culture of these Africans is the foundation ofwhat is now considered Louisiana Creole culture.

    This book is a breath of fresh air to some one like myself who loathes the hundreds of books written about Louisiana that describes it as " a mixture of French, Spanish, and Indian cultures". Always omitting the fact of African influence due to the legacy of white supremacy inherent in the telling of US history.In most other books on the subject, Africans are merely slaves. In this book we are shown for what we are, the foundation of the culture.It will most definitely be a textbook in any course I teach on the subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pathbreaking Research
    Check out the front page article in the July 30 Sunday New York Times, headlined "Anonymous Louisiana Slaves Regain Identity," to fully appreciate the significance of the historical research embodied in thisbook. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0807119997
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    Subjects:  1. Blacks In The U.S.    2. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor    3. History - General History    4. History: American    5. Louisiana - Local History    6. United States - State & Local - General   


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    Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience
    by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis, Jr. Gates
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 November, 1999)
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    Legendary scholar-activist W.E.B. Du Bois labored to complete an "Encyclopedia Africana" before his death in 1963. Just over 35 years later, two Harvard educators, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ghanaian-born Kwame Anthony Appiah, have brought Du Bois' intellectual dream to life in Africana, the most complete and comprehensive record of the Pan-African diaspora compiled into one volume. With over two million words and 3,500 entries from more than 220 contributors, Appiah and Gates sought, as they put it, to "give a sense of the wide diversity of peoples, cultures, and traditions that we know about Africa in historical times, a feel for the environment in which that history was lived, and a broad outline of the contributions of people of African descent, especially in the Americas, but, more generally, around the world." To fulfill this aim, they consider biographical, political, artistic, economic, historical, and geographical data; a brief sampling of topics includes "Food in African-American Culture," "Creolized Musical Instruments of the Caribbean," and "Anthropology in Africa." The section on Africa fills about two thirds of the book, loaded with invaluable information--from the ethnic and colonial factors that contributed to violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Eritrea, and Sierra Leone to the educational, linguistic, and social advances in Tanzania, Gabon, and South Africa. The legacies of the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe are also presented in great detail. The encyclopedia also contains documented evidence of African-derived peoples in Asia, including the exploits of Malik Ambar, who arrived in India from Ethiopia as a result of the East Indian slave trade.

    Turning to the Western Hemisphere, Africana skillfully and succinctly synopsizes the lives and achievements of a multitude of African Americans, from 18th-century inventor-astronomer Benjamin Banneker to late-20th-century heroes like Colin Powell, Tiger Woods, and astronaut Mae Jemison. You'll learn about the little-considered black presence in Canada; Africana also uncovers hidden pockets of black culture in surprising places like Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina (where the Negro population, we discover, was reduced by a process of miscegenation known as blanqueamiento, or whitening). The upper-crust veneer of the Argentine tango is peeled away, revealing the dance's roots in the rhythmic innovations of 19th-century Afro-Argentines. With all of the aforementioned headings and topics, however, it's the special essays that best detail the treasure chest of scholarship of Africana. Robin Kelley examines the volatile clash between "Malcolm X and the Black Bourgeoisie"; Thomas Skidmore deconstructs "Race and Class in Brazil" and the myth of "racial democracy"; Mahmood Mamdani, in "Ethnicity in Rwanda," brilliantly decodes the complex and maddening colonial manipulations that erupted in genocide and made the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups "more political than cultural identities ... one is power and the other is subject."

    A splendidly packaged reference work that will adorn libraries and homes for years to come, Africana defines the black experience in the same sweeping way that the Encyclopedia Britannica defined Euro-American civilization. More importantly for young readers, the magnificent collection shows that Africans and the continent's descendants are a truly global people who have made tremendous contributions to human civilization. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive And Fascinating - 2095 Pages
    This is a comprehensive & valuable book. However, it does lack a proper index. It is set up in encyclopedia format in simple alphabetical listings. It needs to have a cross-reference index for the thousands of listings contained within because many of the listings are full articles that need to be cross referenced. Some of the articles have a reference at the end of the article that says "see also." However, this is not the same as having a comprehensive index available. This book has hundreds of maps, tables, charts, and photographs.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Africana: The Experience of the African and African Am
    re: Africana: Appiah & Gates

    today i finally broke down and purchased this seemingly valuable book; only to become frustrated - sorely disappointed and then angry ...

    it really befuddles my mind, how someone could put so much effort, hard work and many hundreds of hours into compiling this "encyclopedia" per sé, yet omit including a comprehensive index.

    such a piece of work - all it's worth, is virtually wasted, if one is use this encyclopedic masterpiece of immense proportions; yet being unable to search an index and/or find easy access to necessary facts and dat- let alone being able to cross-reference.

    what this book is going to mean to myself - someone who continually researches these many issues is negligeable ... this book is bound to gather dust on my laden bookshelves ... grrr ...

    what a pity ... sigh ...

    my autobiography "The Long Nights© - the continuous struggle for survival (a work in progress) will most certainly have well defined indexis - footnotes - including a glossary - together with terminology - pertaining to southern africa - it's people, culture, cutoms, tradition and languages ...

    my intention is to enlighten the reader - give them a real insight to the complexities of my country and not have them second-guess what it is, that i am saying/referring to, by assuming - (incorrectly of course) that they are eu fait with africa ...

    i still think that the publishers/editors of "basic civitas books" need to supply an insert to this valuable work - in order to do it true justice - make it's true worth come to the fore ...

    owen/sharif/mshengu
    (living in the diaspora)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Obafemi Awolowo
    Africana is one of the best things that happened to Africans all over the World.I did not regret buying this Encyclopedia.
    As a Nigerian I belive Chief Obafemi Awolowo was on of the Greatest Nigerian and one of the Greatest African that ever lived based on his acheivement in the struggle for independence in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
    His acheivement in the Positive Development of Nigeria Politically, Economically & Socially -Education & Health- is incomparably to any other Nigerian Leader that ever lived and his lagacy still lives on in Nigeria.
    This Great Leader and Son of Africa was omitted in this Good book . This does not do JUSTICE to AWOLOWO in particuler and AFRICA in general.
    Thank you.

    Babatunde Sekoni ... Read more

    Isbn: 0465000711
    Subjects:  1. Africa    2. Africa - General    3. African Americans    4. African diaspora    5. Blacks    6. Civilization    7. Encyclopedias    8. Encyclopedias (Multi-Subject)    9. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General    10. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor    11. History - General History    12. History Of Blacks    13. Reference    14. Social Science   


    The African presence in Asia;: Consequences of the East African slave trade
    by Joseph E Harris
    Unknown Binding (1971)

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    Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria De Jesus
    by Carolina Maria De Jesus
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Mass Market Paperback (01 August, 1983)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I'll think twice before throwing food out again
    This book is truly an eye opener as to what it really means to be poor and hungry.I can't believe that someone with only two years of schooling could churn out such a masterpiece, the language and thought processes involved will leave you wondering with amazement.What suprises you is that in and amongst all the squalor, deprivation, fights and hunger she still admires the night sky, the birds, the stars, the beautiful weather.What a woman ! Most people in her position wouldn't have time to be thankful for these "free" beautiful things and that is what I found so touching.Her dedication to her children and indeed her neighbours will teach all us other mortals in the devleoped world what being humble really means.At times this woman cannot find a meal but when she has money and food she shares it with her friends and neighbours, wondering little if she will have a meal the next day.Her ability to keep going despite her adversities will shock you.Please read this book, you will aspire to be a better person afterwards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a great read
    Just an outstanding account of real life in Rio de Janeiro.Carolina is a true heroine in her own right.She goes against the social standards and works to support her children by herself.It is a great book about the trials of the human heart-and Carolina certainly triumphs over them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ...and she's found the key...
    Life is hard, but this used to be more than a saying to someone like Ms. Jesus. No one but Carolina could better express how it feels to pull up from these shadows to find a brand new world out of discarded notebooks. All her life was made on the debris of a discarded society, conveniently far from the Living Room - as she used to call the upper class neighborhoods in her aodptive city of S?o Paulo. Beautiful living room with a long suffered scrap paper patio and city dump. Rubble and trash made into pure poetry, by a semi-illiterate Brazilian writer. Life is hard, but still it works miracles. Read without remorse. And without prejudice. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0451627318
    Sales Rank: 288360
    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - Cultural    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Jesus, Carolina Maria de   


    Money Has No Smell : The Africanization of New York City
    by Paul Stoller
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for African/ African-American studies.
    This book was assigned as part of a senior seminar in African and African-American Studies at my university. This ethnographic work is fascinating and perfect for understanding connections between Africans and African-Americans, as well as explorations regarding globalization. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0226775305
    Sales Rank: 170141
    Subjects:  1. Economic conditions    2. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General    3. General    4. Muslims    5. New York    6. New York (State)    7. Social Science    8. Social conditions    9. Sociology    10. West Africans    11. Social Science / African-American Studies   


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    Maroon Societies : Rebel Slave Communities in the Americas
    by Richard Price
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing collection of primary source material
    This is an outstanding collection of primary source documents on maroonssocieties(groups of escaped slaves) throughout the Americas. Reads almostlike a piece of fiction.Its a book that should be read cover to cover,not just used as a reference.Valuable book for anyone interested inresistance to slavery.Includes fine introduction.The societies coveredin this book range from small bands to large powerful states that survivedfor generations. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0801854962
    Sales Rank: 102366
    Subjects:  1. America    2. Fugitive slaves    3. History - General History    4. History Of Blacks    5. History: World    6. Latin America - General    7. Maroons    8. Minority Studies - General    9. Slavery    10. World - General    11. History / Latin America   


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    Sierra Leone's Settler Women Traders : Women on the Afro-European Frontier (Women and Culture Series)
    by E. Frances White
    Hardcover (15 June, 1987)
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    Isbn: 0472100807
    Sales Rank: 1568653
    Subjects:  1. 19 century    2. 19th century    3. Business / Economics / Finance    4. Employment    5. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General    6. General    7. History    8. History Of Women (General)    9. History: World    10. Sierra Leone    11. Women & Business    12. Women colonists    13. Women merchants    14. Women's Studies - General    15. Women, Black    16. Social Science / Women's Studies   


    The Black Jacobins : Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
    by C.L.R. JAMES
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    In 1789 the French colony of Saint Domingue was the most profitable real estate in the world. These profits came at a price: while its sugar plantations supplied two-thirds of France's overseas trade, they also stimulated the greatest individual market for the slave trade. The slaves were brutally treated and died in great numbers, prompting a never-ending influx of new slaves.

    The French Revolution sent waves all the way across the Atlantic, dividing the colony's white population in 1791. The elites remained royalist, while the bourgeoisie embraced the revolutionary ideals. The slaves seized the moment and in the confusion rebelled en masse against their owners. The Haitian Slave Revolt had begun. When it ended in 1803, Saint Domingue had become Haiti, the first independent nation in the Caribbean.

    C.L.R. James tells the story of the revolt and the events leading up to it in his masterpiece, The Black Jacobins. James's personal beliefs infuse his narrative: in his preface to a 1962 edition of the book, he asserts that , when written in 1938, it was "intended to stimulate the coming emancipation of Africa." James writes passionately about the horrific lives of the slaves and of the man who rose up and led them--a semiliterate slave named François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture. As James notes, however, "Toussaint did not make the revolution. It was the revolution that made Toussaint."

    With its appendix, "From Toussaint L'Ouverture to Fidel Castro," The Black Jacobins provides an excellent window into the Haitian Revolution and the worldwide repercussions it caused. --Sunny Delaney ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best History Book Ever Written
    Remarkably for a book written in 1938, this amazing volume is as compelling today as it was then.Extremely well-written, passionate, and erudite, C.L.R. James's classic is still the starting point I would recommend for anyone interested in Haitian history. I would also recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the French Revolution.The narrative reads like a great novel, despite being a well-researched history book. Years before mainstream U.S. or European historians saw Carribbean history as relevant, the West Indian James showed its import for both Western and Global History.

    First, James shows the utterly heartbreaking treatment the slaves of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) were subject to. Then he demonstrates the contradictions in Western Revolutionary thought which used emancipatory language but refused to address the issue of colonial slavery. Then the leaders of the slave revolution emerge in his story as true sans-culottes, Jacobins and patriots in their own right; men and women who refuse to let Napoleon reenslave them and forge a nation.Their act of "rebellion", the creation of the first black republic in the Americas and the only successful slave revolt in history, would strike fear into the hearts of slaveowners everywhere.They would pay for taking the heady egalitarian language of the 18th century seriously-in both the 19th century and the 20th and beyond, they would be subject to pay enormous indemnities to Europe for having "taken" the plantations of the whites, be subject to embargos, be forcibly invaded on several occasions, have dictators foisted upon them, and much more.

    But none of that could take away the fact that their courage, bravery, and love of freedom had earned them their freedom from slavery and that their history deserved to be recorded, admired, and preserved.No one has ever done that more skillfully than C.L.R. James.

    A truly triumphant story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All the drama a fertile mind requires!!!
    One of the best historical accounts of guerrilla warfare in the western hemisphere that I have ever read.All the major players, Toussaint, Dessallines (my favorate), Jean Francois, Beavais, etc.,all were intelligent thinkers able to plan and execute the most detailed of military info.The most amazing part about these men were that they were mostly ex-enslaved, maroons, determined to have freedom at all cost.It didnt matter what the maritime french bouguoise had in store for them, the Black Jacobins had other plans. Additionally, it was too bad that the mulattoes chose bad decisions in there fight for freedom for it almost led to their extermination.All in all a great document, a must read.Pay close attention to the brutal tactics of the slave holders, and their desires to make examples of rebellious slaves, hitler was to use them years later. hummm.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a classic
    though this book provides a mostly top-down analysis which attributes the st domingue revolution mostly to developments in france, it is still a classic. it's a perfect reference point - james employs his knowledge of the west indies to flesh out a brilliant tale. read it alongside carolyn fick's "the making of haiti" and you'll have a perfect perspective of what really went down. this book is part of the holy trinity of books regarding the haitian revolution. all proud haitian-americans should read this to understand the imperfect but perfect revolution. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0679724672
    Subjects:  1. 1743?-1803    2. Biography    3. Caribbean & West Indies - General    4. Generals    5. Haiti    6. History    7. History - General History    8. History: World    9. Revolution, 1791-1804    10. Revolutionaries    11. Toussaint Louverture,    12. History / Caribbean & West Indies   


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    The Revolt of African Slaves in Iraq in the 3Rd/9th Century (Princeton Series on the Middle East)
    by Alexandre Popovic, Henry Louis, Jr Gates, Leon King
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Of Slavery and Islam
    Who does not wonder the fate of the millions of Slaves sent taken from East Africa by Arab slavers from the 7th century to the present.This book finally begins to fill in one gap in this important hisotry of slavery and african peoples.Here we learn the true story of the Zenj, an African people taken from their lands and used as sexual slaves and servants in Iraq.They revolted, suceeded and were fianlyl crushed.In the end they suffered genocide and their descendants are no longer visible in Arab lands, like the other million Africans deported to the middle east, they disappeared.But this narrative finally tells the story of a slave rebellion that rivals Nat Turners in its heroics.

    Seth J. Frantzman

    1-0 out of 5 stars Dull and Uninteresting
    The Zanj revolt is a fascinating moment during the nadir ofthe Abbasid caliphate.The slave-revolt resulted in a state that eventually minted its own money and enslaved their former Arab master, but the extended revolt was also one that was the result of large number of extremely bloody massacres--mostly able to do so because the caliphate was too busy with the Saffarids to the East at the time.It's not a nice moment either in the history of central caliphate or in world history generally.

    The preface to the English translation states that comments deemed too scholarly were deleted, glosses for the non-specialist added, transliteration simplified, and references ammended.However, the end result is an indecipherable, insipidtransliteration system which the translator was often too lazy to at least anglicize (French differs greatly often from English transliteration of Arabic), useless bibliography and notes, and a stilted woodentranslation.
    Honestly though, this is a mere frustrating technicality.The sole virtue of the book must be that it is the only one dedicated exclusively to the revolt of the Zanj inSouthern Iraq.However, its analysis-free, anallistic, stream of consciousness narrative makes an extremely interesting topic vapid and bland.Insofar as it adds little to nothing to the Arabic sources, such as al-Tabari and al-Mas'udi, there is little reason to read this account rather than going strait to the sources.Both Tabari's Annales (in print) and Mas'udi's Prairies of Gold (not in print) are in English.I wouldonly recommend this book if someone was possessed of an ambition to understandthe revolt of the Zanj, not for example a general reader interested in the history of slavery generally or only with reservation for a person interested in the history ofIslam and the slave-trade/revolts.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Grand Marronage in the Middle East
    We are often informed that slaves who arrived in the Middle East were generally treated better than slaves in the West; however,Popovic's work sheds light on how harsh treatment in a situation similar to that in which slaves were often placed in the west led to a grand revolt not matched since Spartacus!

    Popovic, relying on al-Tabiri and other writers, informs us that the Zanj were a people of eastern Africa.They were often taken in razzias from Muslim states such as Zanzibar (see Ibn Battuta in Black Africa).Many of these Zanj were taken to theMesopotamian region of Iraq and put to work on giant agricultural "plantations" and in mines.

    The Zanj were involved in a number of insurrections, all of which were failures - until they joined the uprising formed by Ali b. Muhammad, a non-Zanj, non-black Muslim.Although the Zanj made up a large part of the revolutionary forces, few Zanj (unlike the black leaders of Maroon colonies in Jamaica, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba and etc.) had any real power in the new revolutionary state.Still, their continuing adherence to the state (which, as Popovic tells us, included black soldiers who defected from the Caliph's and local leaders' forces) tells us that they preferred society under the non-black Ali's dictatorship to slavery in the fields and mines.On the other hand, as with many western maroon colonies, the Zanj and others had no problem taking goods and slaves from (and making slaves of
    the local population).

    The nascent civilization continued to grow for many years, until the Caliph decided he had the time and resources to make a concerted effort to destroy Ali b. Muhammad's young kingdom.Using a combination of force and amnesty, the official government quickly began driving Ali's forces back into the swampy areas south of Basra and eventually drove the remnants of the rebellion to the rebel capitol.Within a few years, the "Zanj" Revolt was over and Ali bin Muhammad was dead.

    This historical, social and anthropological study of the Zanj Revolt stands with Price's MAROON SOCIETIES as an important study of the development of government, customs, and social status in societies generally - as well as a study of a rather interesting aspect of the black diaspora caused by slavery. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1558761632
    Sales Rank: 569986
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: World    4. Iraq    5. Middle East - General    6. Zanj Rebellion, 868-883   


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    Pan-Africanism or Communism.
    by George, Padmore
    Hardcover (October, 1971)
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    Subjects:  1. Africa    2. History    3. Indigenous peoples    4. Nationalism and communism   


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