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In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past

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Unlike most white Americans who, if they are so inclined, can search their ancestral records, identifying who among their forebears was the first to set foot on this country’s shores, most African Americans, in tracing their family’s past, encounter a series of daunting obstacles. Slavery was a brutally efficient nullifier of identity, willfully denying black men and women even their names. Yet, from that legacy of slavery, there have sprung generations who’ve struggled, thrived, and lived extraordinary lives.

For too long, African Americans’ family trees have been barren of branches, but, very recently, advanced genetic testing techniques, combined with archival research, have begun to fill in the gaps. Here, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., backed by an elite team of geneticists and researchers, takes nineteen extraordinary African Americans on a once unimaginable journey, tracing family sagas through U.S. history and back to Africa.

Those whose recovered pasts collectively form an African American “people’s history” of the United States include celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Chris Tucker, Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, and Quincy Jones; writers such as Maya Angelou and Bliss Broyard; leading thinkers such as Harvard divinity professor Peter Gomes, the Reverend T. D. Jakes, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; and famous achievers such as astronaut Mae Jemison, media personality Tom Joyner, decathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Ebony and Jet publisher Linda Johnson Rice.

More than a work of history, In Search of Our Roots is a book of revelatory importance that, for the first time, brings to light the lives of ordinary men and women who, by courageous example, blazed a path for their famous descendants. For a reader, there is the stirring pleasure of witnessing long-forgotten struggles and triumphs–but there’s an enduring reward as well. In accompanying the nineteen contemporary achievers on their journey into the past and meeting their remarkable forebears, we come to know ourselves.

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HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., is the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and holder of the distinguished title of Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author of several award-winning works of literary criticism as well as the memoir Colored People; The Future of the Race, co-authored with Cornel West; and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man.

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Book Description Random House USA Inc. Hardback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, 'A miraculous wellspring of great American stories.the most exciting and stirring documentary on any subject to appear on television in a long time' - Virginia Heffernan, "The New York Times" on African American Lives. 'Fascinating.Gates covers so much territory, both geographical and intellectual, that by the end he seems to have warp-factored light years' - John Leonard, "New York" magazine on African American Lives. For generations, African Americans have been unable to learn about their heritage or their family trees. Long representing an insurmountable barrier to such research, the dark years of slavery are a period from which it's proved impossible to glean any knowledge. But new genetic testing techniques combined with archival research have opened up a whole new realm of possibilities. Using these revolutionary methods, Gates takes prominent African Americans on once unimaginable journeys into their past, tracing family sagas down through U.S. history and even back to Africa. Those whose recovered pasts collectively form an African American 'people's history' of the United States include such stars as Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Chris Tucker, Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, and Quincy Jones.such leading thinkers and artists as poet Maya Angelou, the Reverend T.D. Jakes, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Harvard Divinity Professor Peter Gomes, author Bliss Broyard, and sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.and such famous achievers as astronaut Mae Jemison, media personality Tom Joyner, decathlete Jackie Joyner Kersee, and Ebony/Jet publisher Linda Johnson Rice. The show has also been a revelation for Gates himself, who's had to confront surprising truths about his own heritage. And so he writes from a deeply personal perspective on what such knowledge means for African Americans. Delving into these interviewees' ancestry, the show reveals stories of tragedy and triumph, tales of anonymous individuals who made heroic contributions against seemingly insurmountable odds. But it also teaches a tremendous amount about American history, as these individuals' stories are placed in the context of the time. The book goes deeper than the show in exploring individual stories - revealing dramatic material not mentioned on air. But it also goes further in weaving these narratives together and extracting themes and lessons, as only the brilliant scholar Gates can do. Bookseller Inventory # B9780307382405

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