Africana Woman: Her Story Through Time

Overview

This Unique, Profusely Illustrated, Inspiring tribute sweeps through world history to celebrate the courage, commitment, and accomplishments that link the daughters of Africa in a 3,500-year heritage, from ancient queens to the modern Black women who command respect and renown in every field of human endeavor. Now, in the first collection of its kind, Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter of Howard University gathers these stories in a book that is at once an unprecedented group portrait of Africana Woman and a stirring ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (23) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $39.53   
  • Used (19) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing 1 – 3 of 4
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$39.53
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(4)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
2003 Hard cover New. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 255 p. Contains: Illustrations. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in ... Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$39.53
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(4)

Condition: New
2003 Hard cover New. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 255 p. Contains: Illustrations. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in ... Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$60.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(136)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing 1 – 3 of 4
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

This Unique, Profusely Illustrated, Inspiring tribute sweeps through world history to celebrate the courage, commitment, and accomplishments that link the daughters of Africa in a 3,500-year heritage, from ancient queens to the modern Black women who command respect and renown in every field of human endeavor. Now, in the first collection of its kind, Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter of Howard University gathers these stories in a book that is at once an unprecedented group portrait of Africana Woman and a stirring chronicle of Black women's impact and influence. In these pages, meet magnificent figures from ages past: Hatshepsut, the female Pharaoh who built some of Egypt's greatest monuments; Makeda, the fabled Queen of Sheba, whose royal dynasty ruled Ethiopia until the 20th century; and Nanny, Queen of the Maroons, who led escaped slaves in forging a realm in Jamaica's wild mountains in the 1700s. Learn also about the courageous women who escaped from centuries of slavery, such as Coincoin, who amassed a 2,000-acre estate in 18th-century Louisiana, and Mary Prince, author of an autobiography that created a sensation in England in the 1830s. Trace the rise of abolitionism and the unforgettable figures who fought for Black freedom -- Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and others -- along with the groundbreaking leaders who struggled to turn emancipation into true equality, a battle that lasted over a century, from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and beyond. These women -- dedicated educators like Mary Church Terrell, business pioneers like Madam C. J. Walker, daring journalists like Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and determined activists like Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer -- devoted their lives to social justice. Finally, meet those who have made modern history, from politicians like Shirley Chisholm to media stars like Oprah Winfrey. Filled with extraordinary illustrations and rare photographs, as well as evocative selections from diaries, memoirs, songs, and
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A compendium of critical female figures from the African Diaspora is an excellent idea; the book succeeds in offering a range of biographies, from Hatshepsut of Egypt-who was wed to her half-brother and later usurped his throne-through Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker to Anita Hill. Unfortunately, flat-footed writing undermines 150 information-rich photos and illustrations. Carter, director of development at Howard University, drops her subjects into a formula, citing the circumstances of their birth and then offering a general, platitudinous remark-"Life was anything but easy for Angelou." Often, the subjects' achievements are also rendered in broad strokes, without detail or narrative intrigue: "[The Pharaoh] often left [Queen Tiye] in charge when he traveled... his faith in her judgment was proven time and again when she ruled alone for long stints." At best, the reader's interest is piqued but not satisfied. At worst, the reader may be baffled. About Tina Turner, Carter writes, "Turner overcame her obstacle as an abused woman, finding overwhelming success in music, movies, and the world of beauty products." Perhaps if the conception of the work hadn't been such a good one, the reader would not be as frustrated to see the vibrant, complex women of the diaspora flattened out by tired language. In its effort to be accessible and inspiring, the book is in danger of robbing its subjects of the revolutionary qualities that make them most interesting. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In a book that features queens, abolitionists, entrepreneurs, activists, writers, and others, Carter (women's studies, Georgetown Univ.) traces the history of women of African descent from the days of royalty in Egypt (1490 B.C.E.) to the new millennium. The author begins with a tribute to Hatshepsut, the ambitious daughter of a pharaoh who became queen of Egypt; she then moves to Ethiopia to honor the queen of Sheba, considered the mother of the Ethiopian royal bloodline that began in the tenth century B.C.E. Carter then heads to the Caribbean and Brazil, where she focuses on the brutality of slavery, and on to North America, giving brief biographies of Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson's mistress; abolitionists Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman; entrepreneur and first black female millionaire Madame C.J. Walker; antilynching activist Ida B. Wells Barnett; educators Anna Julia Cooper and Mary McLeod Bethune; and more. Other luminaries celebrated include Coretta Scott King, Tina Turner, Toni Morrison, and Condoleezza Rice. Along the way, Carter describes some well-known racial incidents (e.g., Marian Anderson barred from singing in Constitution Hall in 1939; Rosa Parks arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white man). There is a wealth of valuable material here, but much of it is a rehash of familiar information. Although enhanced by 150 stunning photographs, this collection is just a marginal purchase for public libraries.-Ann Burns, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792261650
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Read an Excerpt

Africana Woman


By Cynthia Jacobs Carter

Simon & Schuster

Copyright © 2003 Cynthia Jacobs Carter
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-792-26165-8


Chapter One

Royalty

In ancient times only the deities lived in the world. Their mother was Nananbouclou. She hurled fired into the sky. It remains to this day. It is called Baiacou: the Evening Star. - from an African folktale

From the dawn of civilization, Africa's royal women have shown themselves to be intelligent, resourceful, courageous, passionate - and sometimes vulnerable. Although born and raised in different parts of the continent, they all shared a common desire to forge their own destinies and to live on in eternity. Their astounding stories, true and fabled, survive today to reveal their accomplishments and their legacies.

By 1500 B.C., Egypt's great pyramids had stood for more than ten centuries. Egypt had survived periods of plague, pestilence, and even opulence and now was enjoying a renaissance. The Hyksos - invaders from southwest Asia who had ravaged and controlled Egypt for decades - had been driven from Lower Egypt, the land encompassing the Nile River Delta and its northern valley. In addition, Egypt's armies were marching south to conquer Nubia, a fertile land that stretched along the banks of the Nile, near present-day Libya. While Egypt added new territories to its boundaries, it also grew internally - to become the undisputed center of culture and politics in the larger eastern Mediterranean world. It was the beginning of the New Kingdom - a period of great Egyptian power and wealth that would last four centuries, from around 1539 to 1070 B.C. Hatshepsut, one of Egypt's most fabled rulers, lived in the early years of this glory.

Daughter to Pharaoh Thutmose I and Queen Ahmose-Nefertere, Hatshepsut was born around 1500 B.C. Beautiful and intelligent, Hatshepsut knew a life of great wealth and privilege. When Thutmose I died around 1492 B.C., the Egyptian court insured the continuation of the royal bloodline by wedding her, a full-blooded royal, to her half-brother. Thutmose II was the new pharaoh and the son of Thutmose I by a lesser wife. (Incestuous marriages were common among Egyptian royals since the women carried the royal blood.) Though still a very young woman, Hatshepsut ruled as Thutmose II's principal queen.

She of Noble Bearing Š Great Royal Spouse Š Daughter of the God Amun Š First Lady of the Two Lands. Hatshepsut proudly wore these titles as queen. She stayed in the background when Thutmose sat on his throne, but her intelligence was always evident. Thutmose frequently left Hatshepsut in charge when he journeyed abroad - leading successful military campaigns into Syria and Nubia that acquired both land and great wealth. Before Thutmose II died, he named his only son - seven-year-old Thutmose III, born to a harem girl - his successor. Since Thutmose III was too young to rule on his own, the Egyptian high court designated Hatshepsut as co-regent. A wise and ambitious woman, Hatshepsut understood her position and ruled judiciously.

Although Hatshepsut could have declared war on her neighbors, she chose to focus instead on national affairs. She built education and arts facilities. She dismantled the main army and sponsored peaceful diplomatic expeditions into Punt, Asia, Greece, and strategic areas on the continent of Africa. Later, caravans and ships followed, trading in gems, ivory, ebony, oils, spices, incense, and even trees. Hatshepsut continued to rule even after Thutmose III came of age. It appears that they split the duties: She oversaw the administration while he commanded the military. A few years later, however, with Thutmose III involved in military campaigns, Hatshepsut crowned herself pharaoh.

She used to her advantage the Egyptian belief that a royal birth resulted from the union between the pharaoh's mother and Amun-Re, the supreme deity. (Some experts believe that this notion, a heavenly god fathering a human child, may have sowed the seeds for Christianity.) Hatshepsut claimed that Amun-Re had come to Queen Ahmose-Nefertere in the human form of her husband, Thutmose I. Since she, Hatshepsut, was the child of that union, she concluded that she was the rightful child to rule all of Egypt. To legitimize her claim to the title of pharaoh, she ensured that the people of Egypt recognized her as pharaoh by always appearing in public in full royal male regalia: a simple robe, red-and-white crown, royal wig, and a nems (a striped cloth placed around the wig). She also donned a false beard, facial hair being strictly forbidden to all but the pharaoh. She even claimed a pharaoh's privilege and had a burial tomb carved out for herself in the Valley of the Kings, adjacent to that of Thutmose I.

As peace thrived under Hatshepsut's reign, wealth grew. Hatshepsut spent her fortunes on monuments to the gods, both to honor them and to ensure her prominence in the afterlife. Senmut, a renowned architect and astronomer of the era - reportedly a Black man and her lover - built several temples and obelisks upon her instruction. Today, Egypt claims many of Hatshepsut's commissions among its greatest wonders of the past. One such marvel is the large mortuary temple built of limestone at Deir el-Bahari intended to honor herself and her human father, Thutmose I. The temple steps back into the cliff in three levels, each faced by a colonnade and adorned with relief sculpture that depicts in great detail the glory of the expedition to Punt that Hatshepsut financed.

Another monument, the Red Temple at Karnak, housed the statue of Amun-Re. Each year during the Opet - a celebration honoring the new year - temple priests carried Amun-Re's statue from the Red Temple to his shrine at Luxor to receive the worship of his subjects. In return for their loyalty and offerings, Amun-Re was to shed favor upon them for the next year. Four obelisks built of red granite from Aswan and inscribed with hieroglyphics in honor of Amun-Re flanked the Red Temple. They stretched to the heavens in height and splendor, their surfaces of electrum glinting in the sun. One still stands today after 35 centuries, a hint of electrum still adorning its surface; its inscription begins:

I have done this with a loving heart for my father Amun; Initiated in his secret of the beginning, Acquainted with his beneficent might, I did not forget what he had ordained. My majesty knows his divinity, I acted under his command; It was he who led me, I did not plan a work without his doing.

Hatshepsut died in 1458 B.C. after effectively ruling for more than two decades. It is not known how Hatshepsut died. What is known is that despite her opulent public life, Hatshepsut may have had one secret love. Discovered in her tomb, lying beside the great ruler, was an ebony-skinned baby, mummified and wrapped in the royal tradition with Hatshepsut's insignia.

Following Hatshepsut's death, Thutmose III assumed the full role of pharaoh. Thutmose III is said to have despised his stepmother and her reported relationship with Senmut. He felt ignored and scorned by Senmut, and he believed that Hatshepsut squandered his heritage at Senmut's directive. Perhaps in retaliation, Thutmose III ordered destroyed many of Hatshepsut's creations, especially where she was depicted with Senmut. Many temples Hatshepsut had built, as well as statues of her likeness, were defaced. On some statues the royal emblem was knocked off her headdress; on others the eyes were pecked out with a small chisel. Still, Thutmose III could not completely destroy her legacy. Her monuments - and her story - endure. Written on one of the obelisks at Karnak is her enduring declaration: "As I shall be eternal like an undying star."

Several decades later, with Egypt still thriving under the influence inspired by Hatshepsut, Pharaoh Amenhotep III wed Tiye, a young Nubian of noble birth. Tiye was born around 1400 B.C.; her father Yuya served Amenhotep as a Master of Horse and Chancellor of the North. According to some historians, the introduction of Tiye into Egypt's royal family changed the fate of Egypt forever - it solidified Egypt and Nubia in a bond that brought Black Africa and North Africa together. Under Amenhotep, the kingdom stretched from the farthest tip of Egypt's New East to the Kingdom of Napata in present-day Sudan.

Amenhotep III became pharaoh around 1390 B.C. when he was 10 to 12 years old; he married Tiye, who was around the same age, shortly thereafter. He proceeded to marry many more women, forging political alliances that brought Egypt wealth and strategic military alliances. Many of his wives were of noble birth, including the daughter of the King of Babylon; however, Tiye, with her charm and beauty, was Amenhotep's favorite wife and his principal queen. She would hold the position as the Great Royal Spouse of Amenhotep III for nearly 50 years. Because Amenhotep held Tiye in such high esteem, he proclaimed her an equal of a king - the first time a nonroyal had achieved such status. She was also the first queen depicted on even par with her husband in royal portraits.

Tiye's husband showed her his affection in many unique ways. He had her accompany him to many events, even though royal protocol called for Amenhotep's mother, the carrier of the royal bloodline, to accompany him to certain official ceremonies. (One can only imagine how his mother felt about having to share her time and the attention of the masses with her daughter-in-law from Nubian origins.) He built Tiye a gorgeous barge, the Splendor-of-Aten, then dug an artificial lake so she could float the craft for special ceremonies, fireworks, or whatever pleasure she desired. He also commissioned for her a great complex of structures in western Thebes; it is believed Tiye resided in the southeast quarter of the complex in what is called the South Palace. Amenhotep went even further by erecting a splendid temple dedicated to her worship in the Nubian city of Sedeinga, on the west bank of the Nile in present-day Sudan.

Amenhotep loved and trusted Tiye so much, and so respected her intellectual capabilities, that he considered her a trusted advisor and confidante in affairs of state. He often left her in charge while he traveled on missions to increase Egypt's honor; his faith in her judgment was proven correct time and again when she ruled alone for long stints.

When Amenhotep died in 1353 B.C., Tiye's power and influence did not end as was the case for many previous queens. In fact, when Tiye's son Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) took the throne, she became secretary of state, a position second only to the pharaoh. Leaders from other countries routinely conferred with Tiye on matters regarding international relations, remembering and respecting her earlier actions as queen to Amenhotep. Tushratta, King of Mitanni, beseeched Tiye to influence Akhenaten to honor the agreements made between himself and Amenhotep: "You are the on[e, on the other ha]nd, who knows much better than all others the things [that] we said [to one an]other. No one [el]se knows them (as well)." Eager to continue the goodwill between their two kingdoms, he added "You must keep on send[ing] embassies of joy, one after another. Do not cut [them] off." Tiye served as the liaison between the courts at Thebes and Amarna, Akhenaten's new capital. Meanwhile, Akhenaten, encouraged by his mother, preoccupied himself with religious reform, proclaiming for the first time in human history the idea of a single god. He named Aten, the solar disk and a lesser god to Amun-Re, the supreme deity. He devoted himself to his beliefs and the building of Amarna, which would be the center of worship for Aten. Tiye died around 1340 B.C., but her groundbreaking accomplishments in matters of royalty and affairs of state live on.

Just as Egypt claims Tiye as a queen, Ethiopia claims Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, as one of its own. Makeda (or Bilqis as she is known in the Islamic world) is considered by Ethiopians to be the mother of the Ethiopian royal bloodline that commenced in the tenth century B.C. and continued to modern times.

The story of Makeda is written in the Bible, the Koran, and the Kebra Negast (Glory of Kings, an Ethiopian epic), each with subtle variations. According to legend, Queen Makeda learned of the wisdom of Jerusalem's King Solomon from a merchant prince named Tamrin, who had been engaging in trade with that king. Old Testament scripture states in I Kings that when the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she decided to prove him with hard questions. She set out to see the king, carrying with her an abundance of gold and spices. Like any visiting dignitary, Makeda did not want to arrive empty-handed. Her gifts were both an offering of peace and a demonstration of her prosperity. The Song of Solomon in the Bible has Makeda allegedly saying upon her arrival, "I am black but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem."

King Solomon loved women and reportedly had a harem of more than 600 wives and concubines. He was instantly struck by Makeda's beauty and wished to claim her for his own; however, the Queen of Sheba was bound to chastity. So enthralled was Solomon by the Black queen that he respected her wishes. Still, he seldom left her side. He lavished her with feasts during which the two of them dined and talked every night until dawn; he commissioned for her an apartment made of crystal and had a throne for her placed at his side. For six months Makeda witnessed his decisions, actions, and interactions with his people. Only then, as said in I Kings 10: 6-7, was she convinced of his wisdom:

And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

Then, according to the Kebra Negast, she announced that it was time to return to Ethiopia and her people. They needed her. Her announcement saddened Solomon; he had hoped to convince her to consummate their union, for he very much desired a son born of this strong, intelligent, and beautiful woman.

The Kebra Negast relates that King Solomon created a situation to fulfill his dearest wish. He made Makeda's final night more festive than all the previous days and nights she had spent in Jerusalem. He lavished her with everything that his royal throne could summon. Fiercely attracted to Solomon, Makeda's resolve finally crumbled, and she welcomed the king into her bed. The next day, Solomon supposedly gave Makeda 6,000 chariots laden with gifts, and a vessel that traveled in the air. Upon returning home, Makeda learned she was carrying Solomon's child; she named him Menilek, the Son of Wisdom, to honor his father.

Continues...


Excerpted from Africana Woman by Cynthia Jacobs Carter Copyright © 2003 by Cynthia Jacobs Carter . Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Author's preface 11
1 Royalty 14
In Her Own Words 22
2 From Africa to the New world 40
In Her Own Words 58
3 Out of Slavery 70
In Her Own Words 86
4 Making a Place in the World 98
In Her Own Words 118
5 Taking Society by Storm 126
In Her Own Words 138
6 Speaking Out 158
In Her Own Words 168
7 Leaders on the World Stage 188
In Her Own Words 198
8 Setting the Pace in the New Millennium 218
In Her Own Words 232
Africana Woman: Her Time Line 246
Endnotes, Authors 250
Acknowledgments, Additional reading 251
Index 252
Illustrations Credits 255
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    Reminders of Greatness

    Dr. Carter's rendition about women of African decent is triumphant in that it reminds the world of just how powerful fortitude can be and all that African women have contributed to history. The 'Never give up spirit' of these women and their will to succeed is most inspiring at a time in history when women are beginning to find a voice in everything from childbearing to political office. This book serves as a vehicle to empower any woman who has ever felt she is not a beautiful creature, or can not achieve greatness in her life. Thank you Dr. Carter for reminding us all!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)