Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present Illustrated Edition
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"Nell Irvin Painter's Creating Black Americans is destined to become one of the most beautiful history textbooks in recent memory, with roughly 150 creative representations of the African-American experience ranging from painting and sculpture to graffiti art and quilts. Most of the images are in stunning color, some of them filling an entire page."--Ron Hogan, Beatrice.com
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"...incorporates a sweeping, historic narrative with the emotional expression of more than 150 works of African-American art."--Ebony, February 2006
"Nell Irvin Painter brings her considerable skills and insight to Creating Black Americans. Her excellent introduction to the black American experience will serve any interested reader well....History, the author notes, exists in both the past and present. And Painter's compelling use of black art...emphasizes this point to great effect....Through word and image, [she] has produced a narrative of African-American history that will profit its readers."--Kenneth R. Janken, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the New York Post
About the Author
Nell Irvin Painter is the Edward Professor of American History at Princeton. A former Director of Princeton's Program in African-American Studies, she is the author of Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol and Standing at Armageddon: The United States 1877-1919.
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This book is a scholarly work intended to serve as the principle textbook for a one-semester college course in introduction to African-American history. While the book is written with the academic professionalism expected in a college textbook, it is entirely accessible to everyone. The writing style employs a narrative technique that makes reading easy, enjoyable, and interesting (and, of course, educational).
The author (Nell Irvin Painter) was a professor of history at Princeton University and UNC-Chapel Hill. It is obvious (from reading this book) that she has years and years of experience teaching this subject matter to bright, eager minds. After a little web-surfing, I found several discussions and videos of Professor Painter; she is a very intelligent, insightful, charming, wise, and wonderful woman.
While the target audience for this book is college-aged adults, high school students should have an easy time reading it. Both high school and college kids would greatly benefit from discussions (arguments?) with elder relatives who either witnessed this history first hand, or who listened to the stories of their grandparents' generation.
I did not find a table of contents listed on Amazon, so I am providing one:
- Africa and Black Americans
- Captives Transported, 1619 - ca. 1850
- A Diasporic People
- Those Who Were Free, ca. 1770 - 1859
- Those Who Were Enslaved, ca. 1770 - 1859
- Civil War and Emancipation, 1859 - 1865
- The Larger Reconstruction, 1864 - 1896
- Hard-Working People in the Depths of Segragation, 1896 - ca. 1919
- The New Negro
- Radicals and Democrats, 1930 - 1940
- The Second World War and the Promise of Internationalism, 1940 - 1948
- Cold War Civil Rights, 1948 - 1960
- Protest Makes a Civil Rights Revolution, 1960 - 1967
- Black Power, 1966 - 1980
- Authenticity and Diversity in the Era of Hip-Hop, 1980 - 2005
- A Snapshot of African Americans in the Early Twenty-First Century
My only complaint about this book is - - - it left me longing for more. The scope and depth of this book are perfect for a one semester college course; however, I am now quite curious to know so much more about the people and events and controversies touched upon in the book. The author packs the book with plenty of references, so the interested reader has expert guidance to explore the material in greater depth. I wish I could spend some time with Professor Painter discussing the questions she raised in my mind with this book.
I wish Ken Burns (or someone similar) would make a multi-part documentary of this book. Every American should know this history; making this book into a film series would make it more accessible to folks.