Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience

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Drawn from the acclaimed landmark in reference publishing, this incomparable one-volume encyclopedia of the black world is now within reach of every family, student, and educator. It brings the entire Pan-African experience into sharp focus, with entries ranging from "affirmative action" to "zydeco," from each of the most prominent ethnic groups in Africa to each member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Africana will provide hours of reading pleasure through its longer, interpretive essays on the religion, arts,...

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Drawn from the acclaimed landmark in reference publishing, this incomparable one-volume encyclopedia of the black world is now within reach of every family, student, and educator. It brings the entire Pan-African experience into sharp focus, with entries ranging from "affirmative action" to "zydeco," from each of the most prominent ethnic groups in Africa to each member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Africana will provide hours of reading pleasure through its longer, interpretive essays on the religion, arts, and cultural life of Africans and of black people everywhere.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195223286
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 4096

Meet the Author

Kwame Anthony Appiah is the Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Humanities, chair of the Afro-American Studies Department, and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2000

    Outstanding!

    A Tour de Force. A must for everyone who is interested in the story of Africans and African Americans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    Never before realized, DuBois dream now a brilliant reality.

    This splendedly exhaustive tomb is a work I did not imagine would be published in my lifetime. What a blessing that Appiah and Gates had the greater imagination and fortitude to sheppard this wildly successful crystalation of an encyclopedic 'Africa and it's Diaspora'. Loud kudo's for this gift of human scholarship and the healing it will bring for generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    GO BLACK PEOPLE GO

    I'M DELIGHTED ABOUT SUCH AN ENTRAVAGENT BOOK SUCH AS THIS ONE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    Missing Diva

    I am very excited about this book and cannot wait to give it as a gift. I have been waiting a long time for such a book. Thank you. My only complaint is learning that the historical contributions of Leontyne Price was not included in the publication. While I love and respect Diana Ross for her contribution to the pop music culture, it is possible that there may not have been a Diana Ross, save for Ms. Price. Like a previous writer, I too would like to know why Leontyne Price was excluded from this significant and extraordinary publication.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2000

    A excellent source for the African American experience

    I love this text. I was so excited about the wealth of information it contained. Sometimes, I find myself reading about a topic or a person in the text and before I know it a hour or so has passed because I find myself on a neverending quest for more knowledge. I recommend this text to African American parents because they can finally direct their children to a source that can begin to answer some of their questions about the African Diaspora. This text contains the information we never hear about in history class!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2000

    dissapointing

    Many of the contributors are not workers in the field in which they are writing therefore they rely too heavilly on secondary resources indiscriminately instead of their own research. The history of Egypt before 1500 BC is evaded in favor of a personal commentary and swipe at the work of Diop.I would have favored just the facts but it is obvious that the writer is on a personal crusade. The section on Queen Nzinga is suspicious as a piece of Portuguese propaganda that is simply repeated without qualification or additional information. Neither of the editors is degreed in African studies and it shows.Dr Dubois would not have liked this work. It is beneath his standard.Unfortunately this work probably will get much distribution because people know so little about the subject and the authors have unchallenged credibiity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    The Missing Diva

    Although I found this text to be profoundly rich with historical information, I was disturbed to find that one of the most dramatic and brilliant sopranos of our time was not inclued in the text. Her name is Leontyne Price. If there is a reason for her omission, I (and I suspect quite a number of other African Americans) would certainly like to know what that reason could possibly be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    A Must Have for Every African American Home

    All that I can say is that I was truly moved and overwhelmed by the amount of information presented in Africana. It is so wonderful to be able to access information about the Diaspora in one reference book. I purchased this book as a Christmas present for my children, but I find myself going through the pages on a nightly basis. I believe it will be a useful tool for our entire family. I highly recommend that this book have a place in every African American home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    Amazing!

    The Appiahs and Henry Louis Gates have done a wonderful and accurate job with this encyclopedia. I browsed it at B&N and decided it would be my christmas present. As an African who lives in the U.S. and has also lived in the Caribbean, the encyclopedia perfectly connects the missing links. Great job!!!

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