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With interest in African American history growing at an unprecedented rate, a single collection of readable, practically organized primary documents has become essential. Volume I in this accessible two-book collection explores African Americans' roots in Africa through the post-Civil War Black Reconstruction. Reflects both the recent trends and the enduring political and social themes regarding gender and culture in African American history. Examines older political and social themes as well as latest research in gender and cultures studies. Features contemporary research. Offers a flexible two-volume format that makes books less expensive and easier to use for readers. A fascinating reference for anyone who wants to learn more about African American history.
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Collecting some of the most significant and representative primary documents in African American history, this important new anthology illustrates such enduring themes as the experience of slavery and the growth of a strong black protest tradition. It also incorporates the latest research in the field, including the distinct experiences of black women and the development of African American culture and communities. Volume Two begins with the onset of Reconstruction and concludes with the start of the twenty-first century. It covers the rise and fall of Jim Crow, the process of urbanization during the first half of the twentieth century, the origins and development of the modern Civil Rights movement, and concludes with documents illustrating the range of political and social opinions that characterize contemporary black life.About the Author:
John H. Bracey, Jr. and Manisha Sinha teach in the WE.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. John Bracey has published widely in the field of African American history and was one of the pioneering figures in the construction of the new black history. Some of his publications include Black Nationalism in America (1970) and Strangers and Neighbors: Relations between Blacks and Jews in the United States (1999).
Manisha Sinha received her Ph.D from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft Award. She is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (2000) and several articles in black and southern history.
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