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Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America 8 Revised Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0874850000
ISBN-10: 0874850002
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About the Author

Lerone Bennett Jr. is the author of 10 books, including Forced Into Glory, winner of the 2002 American Book Award, Great Moments in Black History, Pioneers in Protest, The Shaping of Black America, and What Manner of Man? He is the executive editor emeritus of Ebony magazine. He lives in Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.; 8 Revised edition (October 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874850002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874850000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Regardless of Mr. Bennett's apparent biases, and sometimes lofty criticisms of white America, this book is a remarkable read. When writing about such an emotional and intense subject, I believe it is impossible to be completely objective, especially when the topic involves the oppression and suppression of your own people. That being said, the author does a good job of remaining as objective as possible throughout the bulk of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the history of black America.
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This book is a good reference for those who want to gain more knowledge about the african american experience before slavery and after. There is so much more to African American history than being enslaved in the United States. In this book you learn a little about African civilization, slavery, post slavery and today.
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Eye opener! I never knew a lot of the things in this book. Very large book, not a sit down and read in one night. Some of the information made me mad mainly how Blacks have been treated in this country. Not the history book from high school, that was watered down. This book brings the truth and it will set you free! Your mind that is...
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* "This book fills in many of the gaps left out by our sad over priced public school system. Schools make history boring to the ordinary thinker by making it a series of dates, places, and people. Bennet tells us stories about historical figures, the dates are secondary. This way you will become invested in the the people who lived in our past so that we can live now. African people in the United States have accomplished wonderful achievements. After reading Before the Mayflower, you may ask what is wrong with the modern day African - American."
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A good Description of the past lives of Black Americans up until the 20th and 21st century. Very informative and exciting to read.
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Before the Mayflower is a book as a historian is something that I have used to get my students to have a more clear understanding of African-Americans in America. The writing of Mr. Bennett is easy and very thought provoking. In reading this book you will come to know things and see Black Americans in a light as you never have before!
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This is just a great book in understanding the history of blacks before the Mayflower came to America. I would recommend this book for classroom education, because of its educational content. I first read this book many years ago and really enjoyed it. I ordered this book as a gift so this person could read this great book. Again, I think that this book should be part of our educational system required reading.
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This book tells American History from the perspective of a people whose story is constantly overwritten and distorted. It's very informative on the effort black Americans have to make generation after generation just to live within a world that don't want to acknowledge their presence or influence in the world.
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