The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 21, 2010 - History - 320 pages
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An award-winning historian's sweeping new interpretation of the African American experience.

In this masterful account, Ira Berlin, one of the nation's most distinguished historians, offers a revolutionary-and sure to be controversial-new view of African American history. In The Making of African America, Berlin challenges the traditional presentation of a linear, progressive history from slavery to freedom. Instead, he puts forth the idea that four great migrations, between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries, lie at the heart of black American culture and its development. With an engrossing, accessible narrative, Berlin traces the transit from Africa to America, Virginia to Alabama, Biloxi to Chicago, Lagos to the Bronx, and in the process finds the essence of black American life.


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User Review  - Eve - Goodreads

fine overview, not much news Read full review

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User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

Very interesting reassessment of African American history in terms of the themes of movement and place. Really appreciated the conciseness of the book and its ideas and research. Read full review


The Contrapuntal Narrative
African and African American Migrants in a Nation of Immigrants
Movement and Place in the African American Past
The Transatlantic Passage
The Passage to the Interior
The Passage to the North
Global Passages

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About the author (2010)

Ira Berlin is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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