Autobiography of a People: Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It (Paperback)

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By Herb Boyd (Editor), Gordon Parks, Jr. (Foreword by)
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"Autobiography of a People" is an insightfully assembled anthology of eyewitness accounts that traces the history of the African American experience. From the Middle Passage to the Million Man March, editor Herb Boyd has culled a diverse range of voices, both famous and ordinary, to creat a unique and compelling historical portrait:
Benjamin Banneker on Thomas Jefferson
Old Elizabeth on spreading the Word
Frederick Douglass on life in the North
W.E.B. Du Bois on the Talented Tenth
Matthew Henson on reaching the North Pole
Harriot Jacobs on running away
James Cameron on escaping a mob lyniching
Alvin Ailey on the world of dance
Langston Hughes on the Harlem Renaissance
Curtis Morriw on the Korean War
Max ROach on "jazz" as a four-letter word
LL Cool J on rap
Mary Church Terrell on the Chicago World's Fair
Rev. Bernice King on the future of Black America
And many others.

About the Author

Herb Boyd is an activist, journalist, author, and teacher. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Amsterdam News, the Final Call, Essence, and the Network Journal. In 1995, with co-editor Robert Allen, Boyd received the American Book Award for Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America. A noted authority on black studies, he is the author of We Shall Overcome and has been teaching African and African American history for nearly forty years. He teaches at the College of New Rochelle and lives in New York.

< p> GORDON PARKS is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography, including < i> The Learning Tree< /i> and < i> A Choice of Weapons< /i> . He is the recipient of a plethora of honorary degrees and awards, including the National Medal of Art. He is also a film director and composer, and wrote the music and libretto for< i> Martin, < /i> a ballet honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.< /p>

Praise For…

"A book of historical truth spoken loud and clear, as none of us have ever quite heard it before."-Black Issues Book Review

"A superbly crafted collection."-QBR

"An original and triumphant collection of first-person narratives from autobiographies, memoirs, journal writings, correspondence, and slave narratives... The number of selections makes for an impressive and eclectic chorus."-Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385492799
ISBN-10: 0385492790
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: December 26th, 2000
Pages: 576
Language: English