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Description - To Make Our World Anew by Robin D. G. Kelley

"To Make Our World Anew" reconstructs U.S. history through the experiences and struggles of black Americans.Written by a stellar team of historians, this volume offers a panoramic view of black life, rich with first-person accounts that invite readers to view the past through the eyes of African Americans. Beginning with the African background and the colonisation of the AMericas, "To Make Our World Anew" examines the transformation of slavery from a brutal form of indentured servitude to a full-blown system of racial domination; the critical role African Americans played in shaping and ultimately destroying American racial slavery; their unflagging efforts to define freedom, not only for themselves but for the entire nation; and the ways in which industrial and post-industrial transformations shaped black life, thought, culture, and resistence in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Yet this is not a story of victims, but a dramatic saga of a people who dared to fight back: a people who quite literally reamade America several times over. In spite of their condition, African Americans were still human beings endowed with intellect, creativity, and vision. They came to North American shores from various ethnic groups and speaking many languages, but they forged a strong sense of community and created new identities from their ethnic past and racial present. The authors pay special attention to difference and diversity. By exploring the hidden social and cultural history of women and ordinary working people (free and slave), they paint a fully textured portrait of black communities that cosiders divisions by gender, class, colour, and sexuality. And the authors extend their vision beyond the united States, examining the impact of key events such as the Haitian Revolution and the Spanish-American War. By acknowledging African Americans as part of a larger African diaspora, the book links the struggles of blacks in the United States to those of displaced Africans throughout the world. With new insightand impeccable scholarship, "To Make Our World Anew" dramatically demonstrates how generations of Africa's descendeants, in their ongoing quest for freedom, have transformed our world and made it a better place - for everyone.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195139457
ISBN-10: 0195139453
Format: Hardback
(245mm x 174mm x 39mm)
Pages: 688
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » From historians in the field, ten essays (a few of them pedestrian in style or leftist in perspective) chronologically detailing the history of African-Americans from their arrival in the New World to the presenta dark story, unfortunately, relieved by a few radiant moments of hope.In the preface, Kelly and Lewis make some rather sweeping Afrocentric claims (that black labor, for example, helped give birth to capitalism), butwith the exception of the two last essaysthe rest of their study offers nuanced commentary and perceptive insights. The first essay, The First Passage 15021617, details the origins of slavery and reads like a college textbook, but Peter Wood's Strange New Land 16171776 is an elegant and vivid account of the years in which slavery was transformed from a potentially temporary condition to a race-based and increasingly permanent state. The essays offer brief vignettes of the famousFrederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther Kingas well as portraits of ordinary men and women (`I had a kind master, but I didn't know but any time I might be sold away off, and when I found I could get my freedom, I was very glad,` one former slave observed). Well-chosen facts illustrate the relevant periods and the constantly evolving nature of the black struggle: in Georgia during the Revolutionary War, a third of the slaves took advantage of the British invasion to escape; in New Jersey, slaves were not freed until nearly 30 years after the Declaration of Independence; during the 1930s, Federal intervention caused black illiteracy to drop by ten percent. The last two essays, which cover the recent present, reflect the political bias of Kelly and Lewis and offer a benign take on the Black Panther's attempts at armed insurrection while scanting the achievements of General Colin Powell. A comprehensive and vividly narrated history, enriched by well-chosen illustrations, that is as much an epic-in-progress as a scholarly record. (color and b&w illustrations) (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Robin D. G. Kelley

Robin D.G. Kelley is Professor of History and Africana Studies at New York University. He is the author of "Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression", which received the Eliot Rudwick Prize of the Organization of American Historians, and "Yo Mama's DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America". He lives in New York City Earl Lewis is vice provost and dean of the graduate school and professor of history and Afroamerican studies at the University of Michigan. He served as director of the university's Centre for Afroamerican and African Studies from 1990 to 1993 and has been dean since 1998. Professor Lewis is the author of "In their own interests: Race, Class, and Power in 20th Century Norfolk" and co-author of "Blacks in the Industrial Age: A Documentary History". He lives in Ann Arbor

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