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Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience - The Concise Desk Reference Hardcover – November 25, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1St Edition edition (November 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762416424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762416424
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Gordon on July 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a phenomenally exceptional book, one of the best historical encyclopedias available. While the book is, of course, a reference book rather than an exhaustive history, Africana presents a thorough overview of the African and African American experience. The entries are comprehensive, concise, articulate, and very easy to read. If you are a student of any age studying this particular field, or simply a student studying American or world history, this book would be indispensible. I cannot highly recommend it enough. And at the price that you can buy it through Amazon, it is nothing less than a steal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Bernardo Regino E. on August 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This encyclopedia is a valuable effort to disseminate the history of Africa, a continent depredated by the slave trade, exploiting its people and their descendants in the New World. The shame of slavery and its consequences, racism and xenophobia, emerges in its pages. But the Encyclopedia Africana is also a song of hope and a call to awaken the conscience of contemporary man. The lesson of history that presents can be summarized in the words planet and race: a single planet, Earth, for a single race, the human race. The Encyclopedia of Africa is a tribute to Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, one of its most prominent boosters. Francisco Bernardo Regino E., Dominican Republic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence C. Ross on July 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As the author of The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, I was disappointed to not see any reference to the nine African American Fraternities and Sororities, particularly since W.E.B. DuBois was a member. It seemed like a strange omission for such a comprehensive book.

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Lawrence C. Ross, Jr.
The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities (author)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Matthews III on April 6, 2011
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The book claims to be a "concise desk reference". It does contain some 1130 pages. It does give capsules on many well-kown people of Black heritage as well as some notable events in world history pertaining to Blacks. But mostly it gives short biographical editorials of individuals around the world, devoting much of this to African Americans. Yet, the book has no mention of Prince Hall or Black masony. It devotes a very short amount to the man known throughout the world at one time as the most known person in the world, Muhammad Ali, world renouned boxing champion, among other noted things. Moreover, the book devotes more than twice as much writing to the singer Diana Ross and nearly three times as much to Queen Latifah. Again, I must note that the Scottsboro Boys matter received far less mention than that made of the entertainer Prince in the book. This book is far from a concise reference for in the field it claims. I would not recommend it.
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By Jubilant on March 20, 2015
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This book is a must have for all households! It teaches us all about Black History. Everything you learned in school was only a very small percentage of what's covered here. It covers people, places, events, domestic and foreign, etc. Very in depth.
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