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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492849693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492849698
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,523,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writer, activist, and indefatigable community leader in the American West, Drusilla Dunjee Houston (1876-1941) offers a remarkable, well-researched study of the origins of African American culture. First published in a very limited edition in 1926, Wonderful Ethiopians of the Cushite Empire features an extraordinarily rare, early study by an African American women of the roots of her people. Focusing on the origins of the matrilineal line in African culture, Houston offers a readable and meticulously researched window on a world long ago. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"It is rare in the field of African historical research and writing, that African women are prominently mentioned. The work of Drusilla Dunjee Houston is not only worth mentioning, but should be highlighted as an early, pioneering historical narrative displaying scholarly depth and superb documentation.

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire Book 1: Nations of the Cushite Empire, Marvelous Facts from Authentic Records was first published in 1926 in Oklahoma City. Houston intended this to be the first volume of a three volume set that explored Nile civilizations and surveyed the strong influence of Africa on Asian civilizations. She also examined the African background to European civilization. African historians J.A. Rogers and Arthur Alfonso Schomburg highly praised Mrs. Houston's outstanding scholarship.

Drusilla Dunjee Houston was born in Winchester, Virginia in 1876. Her outlook on race was instilled in her by her father, John William Dunjee, a "race man" who counted among his colleagues, Frederick Douglas and Blanche K. Bruce.

At the age of twenty-two, Drusilla wed Price Houston, a store merchant. She founded the McAlester Seminary in McAlester, Oklahoma. This was an educational institution which she ran for twelve years. After settling in Oklahoma City, Drusilla went to work as a journalist for her brother's newspaper, the Black Dispatch. She "aggressively" reported on cases of white atrocities committed against Blacks in Oklahoma.

Her interest in ancient Africa and historical research was triggered by the 1915 publication of The Negro authored by W.E.B. DuBois. Her life-long pursuit of Africa's past and her devotion to her race places Drusilla Dunjee Houston in the foremost ranks of Pan-Africanist historians.

On February 2, 1941, in Phoenix, Arizona, Drusilla Dunjee Houston died from tuberculosis. "At the time of her death, she was working on another book on African history."" (Quote from cwo.com) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book will open your eyes to Africas contribution to Asia, Europe & the world over.
R. A. Nash
The author also includes her source contributors as well, which has led me to research and read their works as well, in order to substantiate and expound on the topic.
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Great read... Well researched... I would highly recommend this book to people seeking answers to African origins and past civilizations.
Damon Willis

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By wooten@aloha.com on January 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
Western civilization has grudgingly recognized that homo sapiens evolved in Africa, within the last 40 years through the work of Richard and Louis Leakey and the discovery of the "Lucy" skelital evidence in Ethiopia.
However, Drusilla Huston's book copiously documents legends of of African culture before the dessication of the Sahara and the Egyto-Nubian desserts. She continued with ancient references to the ancient Kushite and Ethiopian civilizations and Kings refered to by Homer, Heroditus, Diodorus, Massey Champoleon and others to flesh out the stories of the Nubian, Nahesey, Napatan, Meroic, Alumic, Egyptian, Summarian and Ethiopean nations over 75 years ago.
It is therefore, a prophetic and profound example of pioneering African-American scholarship operating in a bleak and hostile environment over many decades. It's veracity is only enhanced and fortified with the passage of time and recent production of books such as "Black Athena" by Martin Bernal, "Civilization or Barbarism" by Cheik Anta Diop and the 1996 "African Exodus" by Chris Skinner and "Egypt Revisited" edited by Ivan Van Sertima and numerous others.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By RRashidi@swbell.net Runoko Rashidi on May 22, 1998
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Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire represents the crowning achievement of Ms. Drusilla Dunjee Houston. The work was originally published in Oklahoma City in 1926. It is the first known attempt by a Black woman, and perhaps anyone, to produce a multi-volume work on African history told from an African perspective.
Ms. Houston herself was an educator, journalist and historian. She spent most of her life in Oklahoma and Arizona and succumbed to tuberculosis in Phoenix, Arizona in 1941.
Her work is broad and comprehensive and was quite advanced for its time. Its audience was not confined to scholars but the layperson, particularly Black folk, who were in need of a accurate tonic to boost Black self-esteem. It retains a powerful value even today, more than seventy years since its initial publication.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By solomon on August 17, 2005
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This book explores the forgotten reality of human history from the source. Genuinely educating book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1998
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Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire represents the crowning achievement of Ms. Drusilla Dunjee Houston. The work was originally published in Oklahoma City in 1926. It is the first known attempt by a Black woman, and perhaps anyone, to produce a multi-volume work on African history told from an African perspective.
Ms. Houston herself was an educator, journalist and historian. She spent most of her life in Oklahoma and Arizona and succumbed to tuberculosis in Phoenix, Arizona in 1941.
Her work is broad and comprehensive and was quite advanced for its time. Its audience was not confined to scholars but the layperson, particularly Black folk, who were in need of a accurate tonic to boost Black self-esteem. It retains a powerful value even today, more than seventy years since its initial publication.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kedezihclem. A on June 14, 2009
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Astonishing work, love this book, taught me so much off the unexplained truths of nubia and nubian antiquity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. N. Gamble on May 28, 2011
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This woman is my hero. For One, I am amazed that this African-American woman living in Oklahoma was able to write this book (with so much information) and get it published in the early 1900s (around 1926). It must be noted that her father traveled throughout the country starting Baptist Churches which probably enabled her to travel as well and gather up different books for research. Never-the-less, still remarkable for that time period of American History and World History. From her research, she was able to piece together a history, now considered ancient, of black people she calls Cushites or Cushitic which should be familiar to those who read the Christian Bible. According to the author, the Cushites were the ones who started humankind on the road to the development of civilization throughout this world; unlike what some nations say they are doing when it commits to war. Civilization today does not carry the same weight it carried in what we call ancient times. The sciences, astronomy, religion, geography, land and sea navigation, etc were all developed by the Cushites long before Europeans and Asians were on the scene. When the Europeans and Asians began to travel the world, they found traces of an Ancient Cushitic world, which some have become extinct recently. Also, for religious folk. Understand that the Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are new. Hinduism is the oldest and closest modern religion to the ancient religion of the Cushites. However, as the ancient Cushitic culture began to fall off the map of history, other religious practices introduced to its decendants by outsiders wore away the pure religion (philosophy, practice, etc). In other words, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and others are flawed.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Nash on December 3, 2009
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This book will open your eyes to Africas contribution to Asia, Europe & the world over. The author provides fact after fact with references and quotes from many authorities on the subject of religion, history & civilization. The book was written in the 1920's by an amature author so there are a few mispelled words but how genuine is that. If you consider that time period in America & the fact that no publisher would publish this type of book that obviously underminded the current belief about human history. Simply BRILLIANT...

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