The African Americans Many rivers to cross

Henry Louis Gates

Book - 2013

Chronicles five hundred years of African-American history from the origins of slavery on the African continent through Barack Obama's second presidential term, examining contributing political and cultural events.

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Published
Carlsbad, California : SmileyBooks 2013.
Edition
1st edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xiv, 304 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-291) and index.
ISBN
9781401935146
1401935141
9781401935153
140193515X
Main Author
Henry Louis Gates (-)
Other Authors
Donald Yacovone (-)
  • Africans in the Americas, 1500-1540
  • The worlds slavery made, 1526-1763
  • The age of revolutions, 1700-1811
  • Half slave, half free, 1797-1858
  • The war to end slavery, 1859-1865
  • Reconstruction and redemption, 1865-1900
  • The nadir and the renaissance, 1890-1940
  • Rise!: a people emergent, 1940-1968
  • From Black Power to the White House, 1968-2013.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

This companion book to the six-hour 2013 PBS documentary of the same name covers five centuries of black life in the Americas and emphasizes the diversity inherent to it. [Page 103]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A companion to the six-part documentary of the same name chronicles 500 years of African-American history from the origins of slavery on the African continent through Barack Obama's second presidential term, examining contributing political and cultural events while tracing the significant influence of eminent historical figures. Movie tie-in. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Chronicles five hundred years of African-American history from the origins of slavery on the African continent through Barack Obama's second presidential term, examining contributing political and cultural events.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is the companion book to the six-part, six hour documentary of the same name, airing on national, primetime public television in the fall of 2013. The series is the first to air since 1968 that chronicles the full sweep of 500 years of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent and the arrival of the first black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to today—when Barack Obama is serving his second term as President, yet our country remains deeply divided by race and class.The book explores these topics in even more detail than possible in the television series, and examines many other fascinating matters as well, such as the ethnic origins—and the regional and cultural diversity—of the Africans whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people. It delves into the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have created in the half a millennium since their African ancestors first arrived on these shores. Like the television series, this book guides readers on an engaging journey through the Black Atlantic world—from Africa and Europe to the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States—to shed new light on what it has meant, and means, to be an African American.By highlighting the complex internal debates and class differences within the Black Experience in this country, readers will learn that the African American community, which black abolitionist Martin R. Delany described as a "nation within a nation," has never been a truly uniform entity, and that its members have been debating their differences of opinion and belief from their very first days in this country. The road to freedom for black people in America has not been linear; rather, much like the course of a river, it has been full of loops and eddies, slowing and occasionally reversing current. Ultimately, this book emphasizes the idea that African American history encompasses multiple continents and venues, and must be viewed through a transnational perspective to be fully understood.