Written by the most prominent of the new generation of historians, this superb volume offers the most up-to-date and authoritative account available of African-American history, ranging from the first Africans brought as slaves into the Americas, to today's black filmmakers and politicians.
Here is a panoramic view of African American life, rich in gripping first-person accounts and short character sketches that invite readers to relive history as African Americans experienced it. We begin in Africa, with the growth of the slave trade, and follow the forced migration of what is estimated to be between ten and twenty million people, witnessing the terrible human cost of slavery in the colonies of England and Spain. We read of the Haitian Revolution, which ended victoriously in 1804 with the birth of the first independent black nation in the New World, and of slave rebellions and resistance in the United States in the years leading up to the Civil War. There are vivid accounts of the Civil War and Reconstruction years, the backlash of notorious "Jim Crow" laws and mob lynchings, and the founding of key black educational institutions. The contributors also trace the migration of blacks to the major cities, the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, the hardships of the Great Depression and the service of African Americans in World War II, the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and '60s, and the emergence of today's black middle class.
From Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Louis Farrakhan, To Make Our World Anew is an unforgettable portrait of a people.
A detailed survey of African-American life before the 21st century, this volume contains 10 essays by academics, arranged chronologically to provide an invigorating history from the Middle Passage to the election of Maxine Waters to the House of Representatives and the death of Amadou Diallo at the hands of New York City police officers in 1999. In a chapter covering the Great Depression and WWII, William Trotter reveals that blacks called the New Deal "the raw deal" and the National Recovery Act "the Negro Run Around." Noralee Frankel's "Breaking the Chains" explains how, after the Civil War, many black farmers became landless sharecroppers in the shadow of federal programs designed to alleviate the suffering of the poor. James R. Grossman documents how "curriculum and school leadership [in the early 1900s] reflected different notions of how black Americans could attain full citizenship in a nation seemingly committed to their subordination." Other offerings discuss "rent parties," the transformation of the union movement from a roadblock to a facilitator of black rights, the development of Roosevelt's "Black Cabinet," Marcus Garvey, Jimi Hendrix and The Cosby Show. The scholarship sparkles throughout, offering not just the "what," but also the "why" of the social, cultural and political events shaping the present. Editors Kelley and Lewis have synthesized the vast knowledge of contemporary African-American studies into a single, fluid volume that provides an intelligent introduction to the history's intricacies, divisions and accomplishments. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|