Before the Mayflower: a history of black America

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Penguin Books, 1993 - History - 713 pages
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"Before the Mayflower" traces black history from its origins in western Africa, through the transatlantic journey that ended in slavery, the Reconstruction period, the Jim Crow era, and the civil rights upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, culminating in an exploration of the complex realities of African-American life in the 1990s. Here is the most recent scholarship on the geographic, social, ethnic, economic, and cultural journey of "the other Americans, " together with vital portraits of black pioneers and seminal figures in the struggle for freedom, as well as additional material on historical developments in the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years.

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Contents

THE AFRICAN PAST
3
BEFORE THE MAYFLOWER
28
THE FOUNDING OF BLACK AMERICA
55
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Lerone Bennett Jr. is the author of 10 books, including "Forced Into Glory," winner of the 2002 American Book Award, "Great Moments in Black History," "Pioneers in Protest," "The Shaping of Black America," and "What Manner of Man?" He is the executive editor emeritus of "Ebony" magazine. He lives in Chicago.

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