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To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans [Hardcover]

Robin D. G. Kelley , Earl Lewis
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July 6, 2000 0195139453 978-0195139457
Written by the most prominent of the new generation of historians, this superb volume offers the most up-to-date and authoritative account available of African-American history, ranging from the first Africans brought as slaves into the Americas, to today's black filmmakers and politicians.
Here is a panoramic view of African American life, rich in gripping first-person accounts and short character sketches that invite readers to relive history as African Americans experienced it. We begin in Africa, with the growth of the slave trade, and follow the forced migration of what is estimated to be between ten and twenty million people, witnessing the terrible human cost of slavery in the colonies of England and Spain. We read of the Haitian Revolution, which ended victoriously in 1804 with the birth of the first independent black nation in the New World, and of slave rebellions and resistance in the United States in the years leading up to the Civil War. There are vivid accounts of the Civil War and Reconstruction years, the backlash of notorious "Jim Crow" laws and mob lynchings, and the founding of key black educational institutions. The contributors also trace the migration of blacks to the major cities, the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, the hardships of the Great Depression and the service of African Americans in World War II, the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and '60s, and the emergence of today's black middle class.
From Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Louis Farrakhan, To Make Our World Anew is an unforgettable portrait of a people.

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Since nearly any history of African Americans is bound to be compared to John Hope Franklin's masterwork From Slavery to Freedom, perhaps it's best to state straightaway that To Make Our World Anew does indeed measure up to, and on some levels surpass, Franklin's epochal work. In this impressive multidisciplinary book, professors Robin D.G. Kelley and Earl Lewis bring together nine scholars, including Colin Palmer, Vincent Harding, Peter Wood, and Barbara Blair, to outline the 500-year African American experience, from the Middle Passage to the Million Man March. "The history of African Americans is nothing less than the dramatic saga of a people attempting to remake the world," Kelley and Lewis write. "Even when they did not succeed, the actions, thoughts, and dreams of Africans are responsible for some of the most profound economic, political, and cultural developments in the modern west." Every aspect of the African American experience is explored: slavery, slave rebellions, emancipation, segregation, lynchings, civil rights, and the post civil rights era. Major figures like Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Harriet Tubman are highlighted, as are the lesser-known exploits of Esteban, the Afro-Moorish slave who "discovered" New Mexico and Arizona, and Henry "Box" Brown, the Virginia slave who escaped to freedom by putting himself in a coffin-like box that was shipped to Philadelphia. The book is particularly strong on late-20th-century social issues, with insightful coverage of the attack on affirmative action and the impact of immigration, crack cocaine, and AIDS on the black community. To Make Our World Anew is essential reading for anyone interested in the black American experience. --Eugene Holley Jr.

From Publishers Weekly

A detailed survey of African-American life before the 21st century, this volume contains 10 essays by academics, arranged chronologically to provide an invigorating history from the Middle Passage to the election of Maxine Waters to the House of Representatives and the death of Amadou Diallo at the hands of New York City police officers in 1999. In a chapter covering the Great Depression and WWII, William Trotter reveals that blacks called the New Deal "the raw deal" and the National Recovery Act "the Negro Run Around." Noralee Frankel's "Breaking the Chains" explains how, after the Civil War, many black farmers became landless sharecroppers in the shadow of federal programs designed to alleviate the suffering of the poor. James R. Grossman documents how "curriculum and school leadership [in the early 1900s] reflected different notions of how black Americans could attain full citizenship in a nation seemingly committed to their subordination." Other offerings discuss "rent parties," the transformation of the union movement from a roadblock to a facilitator of black rights, the development of Roosevelt's "Black Cabinet," Marcus Garvey, Jimi Hendrix and The Cosby Show. The scholarship sparkles throughout, offering not just the "what," but also the "why" of the social, cultural and political events shaping the present. Editors Kelley and Lewis have synthesized the vast knowledge of contemporary African-American studies into a single, fluid volume that provides an intelligent introduction to the history's intricacies, divisions and accomplishments. (May)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195139453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195139457
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin D. G. Kelley never met Thelonious Monk, but he grew up with his music. Born in 1962, he spent his formative years in Harlem in a household and a city saturated with modern jazz. As a child he took a few trumpet lessons with the legendary Jimmy Owens, played French horn in junior high school, and picked up piano during his teen years in California. In 1987, Kelley earned his PhD in History from UCLA and focused his work on social movements, politics and culture--although music remained his passion.

During his tenure on the faculties of Emory University, the University of Michigan, New York University, and Columbia University, Kelley's scholarly interests shifted increasingly toward music. He has written widely on jazz, hip hop, electronic music, musicians' unions and technological displacement, and social and political movements more broadly.

Before becoming Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, Robin D. G. Kelley served on the faculty at Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies, where he held the first Louis Armstrong Chair in Jazz Studies. Besides Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, Kelley has authored several prize-winning books, including Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (University of North Carolina Press, 1990); Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (The Free Press, 1994); Yo' Mama's DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (Beacon Press, 1997), which was selected one of the top ten books of 1998 by the Village Voice. He is currently completing Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2011), and a general survey of African American history co-authored with Tera Hunter and Earl Lewis to be published by Norton.

Kelley's essays have appeared in several anthologies and journals, including The Nation, Monthly Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, New York Times (Arts and Leisure), New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Color Lines, Code Magazine, Utne Reader, Lenox Avenue, African Studies Review, Black Music Research Journal, Callaloo, New Politics, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, One World, Social Text, Metropolis, American Visions, Boston Review, Fashion Theory, American Historical Review, Journal of American History, New Labor Forum, Souls, Metropolis, and frieze: contemporary art and culture, to name a few.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic November 9, 2002
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I feel this work significantly surpasses Franklin's "From Slavery to Freedom" in organization, scholarship and literary excellence. Immensely relevant, it is expressed with heartfelt vibrance. Certainly the "people-making process" captured here should be understood by all Americans in gaining a more realistic perspective of the dynamics that made this country. This work brings together eleven leading historians in a classic presentation seldom achieved for readability, cogency and effectiveness. It is a must in any African American library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary October 3, 2008
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Top historians have written these five chapters thoughtfully, accessibly and well. Strongly recommended for personal reading (how many of us really know enough African American history?), historic sites and classroom use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 8, 2014
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Good book with detailed explanations. I needed this book for my class and enjoyed the info in the text. Happy I was able to get it for the price I paid.
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