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Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire by [Houston, Drusilla Dunjee]
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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.

About the Author

Peggy Brooks-Bertram is cofounder of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc. at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

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  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475126956
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AOA4K4
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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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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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This book explores the forgotten reality of human history from the source. Genuinely educating book.
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This book was very fascinating and confirmed many of the notions of the ancient empire of the Ethiopians, which is older, however is not given its just due, in light of the fanaticism of their sister Egypt, as if that is the only civilization that was bred in Africa. A few other books I have read referenced this particular book as one of its sources, which I found intriguing and delightful. The author goes into great detail to explain the origins, cultures, and migrations of not only the Kushites/Ethiopians, but also the early prehistoric African ancestors. 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. The information is thoroughly detailed and so descriptive the images are born in mind with clear and utter vividness. The only negative I would say is the author attempts to show her affinity to her religious affiliation and tie in biblical literature references to her writings to validate her point, which is unnecessary, since actual true World History, archaeology and paleontology is more than adequate and will suffice. This is definitely a must read for anyone who is a serious student of African Studies, for it is certainly one for the library and a joy to read.
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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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