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Autobiography of a People: Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It

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Benjamin Banneker on Thomas Jefferson's hypocrisy * Old Elizabeth on spreading the Word * Frederick Douglass on life in the North * Sojourner Truth on black women's rights * W.E.B. Du Bois on the Talented Tenth * Matthew Henson on reaching the North Pole * and many more.

"It has been said, 'He who does not know history is doomed to repeat it.' We as African Americans must put forth a concerted effort to know and to write our own history...We have the knowledge, the know-how, the resources, and we were there."

--Rev. Bernice A. King

Celebrating the spirituality, courage, and intellectual achievements of African Americans, Autobiography of a People is the first anthology to effectively trace the history of the African American experience--from the Middle Passage to Emancipation, from the Civil War to Vietnam, from the Little Rock Nine to the Million Man March--by telling the story in the words of the men and women who lived it.

Editor Herb Boyd has combined a powerful chorus of voices from the past and present to create a compelling portrait of how African Americans have survived--and shaped--some of the most important events in United States history. The misery of slavery, the bloodshed of war, and the struggle for civil rights are just some of the pivotal experiences described in vivid detail throughout the book. Many of the most revered historical and intellectual figures, writers, religious leaders, and activists appear within these pages, such as Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Elaine Brown, Margaret Walker, and General Colin Powell. Yet this remarkable collection also includes riveting scenes from the lives of ordinary men and women whose accomplishments may not have been recorded in the history books, but whose experiences are equally important to the African American story.

Offering a wealth of historical detail and emotion, Autobiography of a People is a stunning accomplishment that brings African American history to life, in all its tragedy and triumph, in a brilliant testament to the black experience in America.

The book boasts an astounding roster of important historical and intellectual figures, writers and religious leaders, such as Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., General Colin Powell, and Angela Davis, as well as a generous selection of riveting accounts from ordinary people. The misery of slavery, the bloodshed of several American wars, and the struggle for civil rights are just some of the pivotal experiences described in vivid detail throughout the book. Linked by editor Herb Boyd's informative narrative bridges, these powerful voices from the past and present combine to create a compelling portrait of how African Americans have survived-- and shaped--some of the most important events in U.S. history.

A monumental achievement, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PEOPLE brings African-American history to life in all its tragedy and triumph, in a brilliant testament to the black experience in America. -->

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Herb Boyd is the coeditor with Robert Allen of Brotherman The Odyssey of Black Men in America and the

Synopsis:

Three centuries of African-American history are richly chronicled using first-person narratives by the likes of Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among many others. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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ISBN:
9780307754936
Subtitle:
Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Edited by:
Herb Boyd
Author:
Boyd, Herb
Author:
Herb Boyd
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Cultural Heritage
Subject:
General
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
African Americans--History
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20001226
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
576

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"Synopsis" by , Herb Boyd is the coeditor with Robert Allen of Brotherman The Odyssey of Black Men in America and the
"Synopsis" by , Three centuries of African-American history are richly chronicled using first-person narratives by the likes of Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among many others. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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