Letters from Black America

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Pamela Newkirk
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Feb 3, 2009 - History - 400 pages
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Letters from Black America fills a literary and historical void by presenting the pantheon of African American experience in the most intimate way possible—through the heartfelt correspondence of the men and women who lived through monumental changes and pivotal events, from the 1700s to the twenty-first century, from slavery to the war in Iraq.

The first-ever narrative history of African Americans told through their own letters, this book includes the thoughts of politicians, writers, and entertainers, as well as those of slaves, servicemen, and domestic workers. From a slave who writes to his wife on the eve of being sold to famous documents like Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," these writings illuminate struggles and triumphs, hardships and glory, in the unforgettable words of the participants themselves. Letters from Black America is an indispensable addition to our country's literary tradition, historical understanding, and self-knowledge.


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Good Evening everyone, my name is Richard Lott an Associate of Science Degree student attaining his Associate of Art at Heald College. Usually I try not to form any types of opinion on the internet, within this day and age any crack pot can post whatever he or she may choose trying to pass it off as creditable information. Within my reviews of this book Letters from Black America are that, this type of book should, and must not be used for personnel gains but used for the benefit of history, to be placed on libraries shelves all over showing others how people of color have, and still do make excellant contributions to this country. We are a people that should be proud of our parts, and contributions. Let not be as those that has for many of years rode the backs of others to make this country what it is.  


Courtship and Romance
Politics and Social Justice
Education and the Art of Scholarship
Art and Culture
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Pamela Newkirk is the editor of A Love No Less and the author of Within the Veil, which won the National Press Club Award for Media Criticism. She is an award-winning journalist and an associate professor of journalism at New York University.

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