Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America

Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America

by Lerone Bennett Jr.
     
 

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The black experience in America—starting from its origins in western Africa up to the present day—is examined in this seminal study from a prominent African American figure. The entire historical timeline of African Americans is addressed, from the Colonial period through the civil rights upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. The most recent scholarship on the

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The black experience in America—starting from its origins in western Africa up to the present day—is examined in this seminal study from a prominent African American figure. The entire historical timeline of African Americans is addressed, from the Colonial period through the civil rights upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. The most recent scholarship on the geographic, social, economic, and cultural journeys of African Americans, together with vivid portraits of key black leaders, complete this comprehensive reference.

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Sacred Life
Before the Mayflower grew out of a series of articles Bennett published in Ebony magazine in 1962, regarding "the trials and triumphs of a group of Americans whose roots in the American soil are deeper than the roots of the Puritans who arrived on the celebrated Mayflower a year after a 'Dutch man of war' deposited twenty Negroes at Jamestown." Bennett's history is infused with a desire to set the record straight about black contributions to the Americas and about the powerful Africans of antiquity. While not a fresh history, it provides a solid synthesis of current historical research and a lively writing style that makes it accessible and engaging reading.

After discussing the contributions of Africans to the ancient world, Before the Mayflower tells the history of "the other Americans," how they came to America, and what happened to them when they got here. The book is comprehensive and detailed, providing little-known and often overlooked facts about the lives of black folks through slavery, Reconstruction, America's wars, the Great Depression, and the civil rights movement. The book includes a useful time line and some fascinating archival images.

Bennett, who attended Morehouse College, was a reporter in Mississippi before becoming the first senior editor of Ebony. He has published several books on the black experience, as well as a biography of Martin Luther King Jr. Bennett hoped to astonish the reader with "the richness of the Negro's heritage," to illustrate that their story is "relevant to the struggle of all men." With Before the Mayflower, he succeeded brilliantly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874850000
Publisher:
Johnson Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
784
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Lerone Bennett Jr. is the author of 10 books, including Forced Into Glory, winner of the 2002 American Book Award, Great Moments in Black History, Pioneers in Protest, The Shaping of Black America, and What Manner of Man? He is the executive editor emeritus of Ebony magazine. He lives in Chicago.

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