They came before Columbus

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Random House, 1976 - History - 288 pages
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With the skill of a novelist, Ivan Van Sertima reveals to readers compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Black Africans in ancient America. It is the marriage of twin crafts--the artist's and the scholar's--in a book that makes it possible to see clearly the unmistakable face and handprint of Black Africans in Pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilization they found here.

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This book filled in so many spaces for me as a descendent of Africans my history is my future's base.

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This book changed my life! I grew up in a time when Black people were told they had no history, no past worth remembering, and one day I found this book in my local library, and out of curiosity, took ... Read full review


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Ivan Van Sertima’ s pioneering work in linguistics and anthropology has appeared in numerous scholarly journals. Professor Van Sertima teaches Afro-American studies at Rutgers University.