The shaping of Black America

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Penguin Books, Jul 1, 1993 - History - 356 pages
What forces transformed Africans into African-Americans? In what way did their presence shape the attitudes--and fortunes--of white America? How did black people become a nation within a nation? And what are the prospects for that nation in the 1990s?

These are among the questions that Lerone Bennett, Jr., addresses in this triumphant companion volume to his epochal "Before the Mayflower."Where that book rendered the African-American experience chronologically, "The Shaping of Black America" tells its story from a developmental perspective. Its first section, "Foundations, " encompasses black slaves and white indentured servants, the black founding fathers, and the relationship between African-American and Indians. In the second section, "Directions, " Bennett traces the growth of black labor and black capital and the development of a system that unites and separates blacks and whites. The result is a bold and literate work that persuasively demonstrates its author's notion that "blacks lived a different time and a different reality in this country."

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The First Generation
White Servitude
The Road Not Taken

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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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