Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - History - 494 pages
A riveting narrative history of America, from the 1607 landing in Jamestown to the brink of the Civil War, Africans in America tells the shared history of Africans and Europeans as seen through the lens of slavery. It is told from the point of view of the Africans who arrived in shackles and endured the terrible dichotomy of this new land founded on the ideal of liberty but dedicated to the perpetuation of slavery. Meticulously researched, this book weaves together the experiences of the colonists, slaves, free and fugitive blacks, and abolitionists to present an utterly original document, a startling and moving drama of the effects of slavery and racism on our conflicted national identity. The result transcends history as we were taught it and transforms the way we see our past.

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The companion to a forthcoming PBS series (to air in October) exploring how slavery shaped America combines revisionist history and historical fiction with mixed results. Like its predecessor, Eyes on ... Read full review

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Recently, there has been a spate of books on the issue of slavery. Drawing on tapes made by the Federal Writers Project in the 1930s and 1940s, Remembering Slavery (LJ 9/1/98) records the history of ... Read full review


Prologue I
PART ONETerrible Transformation
PART TWORevolution
PART THREEBrotherly Love

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Charles Johnson, recipient of a 1998 MacArthur Foundation Award, is the author of five works of fiction, including the recently published Dreamer. He has received many honors and awards, including the National Book Award. He is the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington.

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