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Basic Civitas Books, 1999 - Reference - 2095 pages
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A LANDMARK IN REFERENCE PUBLISHING, AFRICANA IS AN incomparable one-volume encyclopedia of the black world -- a vital resource for families, students, and educators everywhere.

Inspired by the dream of the late African American scholar W. E. B. Du Bois and assisted by an eminent advisory board, Harvard scholars Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Kwame Anthony Appiah will soon complete work on one of the most ambitious publishing projects ever, Africana -- available in November 1999. A project of historical and cultural significance, Africana is the first scholarly encyclopedia to take as its scope the entire history of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Beautifully designed and richly illustrated with over a thousand images -- maps, tables, charts, photographs, hundreds of them in full color -- this single-volume reference includes more than three thousand articles and over two million words. The interplay between text and illustration conveys the richness and sweep of the African and African American experience as no other publication before it. Certain to prove invaluable to anyone interested in black history and the influence of African culture on the world today, Africana is a unique testament to the remarkable legacy of a great and varied people.

With entries ranging from "affirmative action" to "zydeco", from each of the most prominent ethnic groups in Africa to each member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Africana brings the entire black world into sharp focus. Every concise, informative article is referenced to others with the aim of guiding the reader through such wide-ranging topics as the history of slavery; the civil rights movement; African American literature, music, andart; ancient African civilizations; and the black experience in countries such as France, India, and Russia.

More than a book for library reference, Africana will give hours of reading pleasure through its longer, interpretive essays by such notable writers as David Levering Lewis, Cornel West, and William Julius Wilson. These specially commissioned essays give the reader an engaging chronicle of the religion, arts, and cultural life of Africans and of black people in the Old World and the New.

Scheduled for publication on the eve of the new millennium, Africana promises to be one of the most significant publishing events in our lifetime and will do for African and African American cultures what the first Encyclopaedia Britannica did for Europe's cultural heritage two centuries ago.

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Africana is a GREAT encyclopedia of the African and AfricanAmerican experience. Africana contains a wealth of information on its 1135 pages. There are many black and white photographs maps and illustrations. I am happy I purchased it. Read full review

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A DREAM DEFERRED MADE REAL Scholars Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., paid homage to the great W.E.B. Du Bois’ dream to produce an encyclopedia cataloguing the achievements and history ... Read full review

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Kwame Anthony Appiah is the Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Humanities, chair of the Afro-American Studies Department, and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.

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