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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2002

    Humor and History

    I recommend African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today to anyone interested in comedy and American history. The book is not only entertaining to read straight through or to browse through and enjoy the many anedotes and stories, but also offers a wonderful look at how African American humor reflects racial progress in America as well as how it developed and influenced our popular culture. Dick Gregory's introduction is great and Mel Watkin's comments on the history of the comedy is enlightening. But finally it's the tales, jokes,stories and witty quotes from famous African Americans like W.E.B. DuBois, Jack Johnson. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcom X, that make this such a delightful book. I found that I could turn to any page and find something to laugh or smile about.

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