Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 - History - 487 pages
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a sumptuously illustrated landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama.

Informed by the latest, sometimes provocative scholarship and including more than seven hundred images—ancient maps, fine art, documents, photographs, cartoons, posters—Life Upon These Shores focuses on defining events, debates, and controversies, as well as the signal achievements of people famous and obscure. Gates takes us from the sixteenth century through the ordeal of slavery, from the Civil War and Reconstruction through the Jim Crow era and the Great Migration; from the civil rights and black nationalist movements through the age of hip-hop to the Joshua generation. By documenting and illuminating the sheer diversity of African American involvement in American history, society, politics, and culture, Gates bracingly disabuses us of the presumption of a single “black experience.”

Life Upon These Shores is a book of major importance, a breathtaking tour de force of the historical imagination.
 

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Contents

Africanslaves African
5
Royal African Company
14
Early Misgivings
21
First Blooms
30
Declaring Independence
38
serving Freedominthe
55
Colonization and Libera
61
oberlin College
76
National Negro congress
287
Marian Anderson Performs
297
Fort Pinow
305
Breaking a Barrier Billy Eckstine
319
the whitecitizens Council
325
southern Christian Leadership
331
Freedom Rides
337
302
347

An uncompromising Talent
83
The New Fugitive Slave
91
Resisting the Fugitive saveLaw
103
Berea college and Wilberforce
110
Harpers Ferry
119
Robert Smalls and the Planter
129
Carnival of Fury
135
Formation of the Ku Klux Klan
151
African American diplomats
158
Blanchek Bruce Robert
166
Major League Baseballand
190
Booker T Washington atthe
201
Buffalo Soldiers
208
World War land the Great
255
Marcus Mosiah Garvey
265
Harry Pace Tanner and Fuller
268
Alain Locke and the New Negro
275
Oscar DePriest and Adam
281
Cultural INTEGRation
381
Chicago Eight Fred Hampton
387
Equal Employment
388
Busing in Boston
394
Birth of HipHop
400
African Americans
407
Riots in Howard Beach
417
Man March
430
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125
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471
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is editor in chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center and of the daily online magazine The Root. He has received more than forty honorary degrees from institutions the world over.

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