The Destruction of Black Civilization

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A widely read classic exposition of the history of Africans on the continent—and the people of African descent in the United States and in the diaspora—this well researched analysis details the development of civiliza
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Overview


A widely read classic exposition of the history of Africans on the continent—and the people of African descent in the United States and in the diaspora—this well researched analysis details the development of civiliza
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Sacred Fire
The Destruction of Black Civilization took Chancellor Williams sixteen years of research and field study to compile. The book, which was to serve as a reinterpretation of the history of the African race, was intended to be "a general rebellion against the subtle message from even the most 'liberal' white authors (and their Negro disciples): 'You belong to a race of nobodies. You have no worthwhile history to point to with pride.'" The book was written at a time when many black students, educators, and scholars were starting to piece together the connection between the way their history was taught and the way they were perceived by others and by themselves. They began to question assumptions made about their history and took it upon themselves to create a new body of historical research. The book is premised on the question: "If the Blacks were among the very first builders of civilization and their land the birthplace of civilization, what has happened to them that has left them since then, at the bottom of world society, precisely what happened? The Caucasian answer is simple and well-known: The Blacks have always been at the bottom." Williams instead contends that many elements—nature, imperialism, and stolen legacies— have aided in the destruction of the black civilization. The Destruction of Black Civilization is revelatory and revolutionary because it offers a new approach to the research, teaching, and study of African history by shifting the main focus from the history of Arabs and Europeans in Africa to the Africans themselves, offering instead "a history of blacks that is a history of blacks. Because only from history can we learn what our strengths were and, especially, in what particular aspect we are weak and vulnerable. Our history can then become at once the foundation and guiding light for united efforts in serious[ly] planning what we should be about now." It was part of the evolution of the black revolution that took place in the 1970s, as the focus shifted from politics to matters of the mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883780305
  • Publisher: Third World Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: 3rd Revised Editon
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 63,321
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Chancellor Williams is the author of The Rebirth of African Civilization.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    Insightful analysis of Black History

    I have possessed this book for about twenty years, and it continues to hold each reader in awe. This is an incredibly enlighting book. It is not for a person that is looking for evidence to be angry at white people nor insearch of scapegoats. Dr. Chancellor Williams has created a very comprehensive and well documented account of the civilizations of Black People from antiquity. It is much easier to read than Cheikh Anta Diop's and Basil Davidson's books. Dr Williams demonstrated the depth of his intellect by objectively comparing economic-political systems. This is a must read book for history enthusiasts.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    Absolutely incredible

    I have never read a book that held such truth of the African Civilization. This book should be a required read in every African American studies course. I was elated to finally know the great accomplishments of my people, but also saddened at the loss of greatness and stolen history. I love to read books of black history, but I have never found one like this. I have never read a book that documents the great African Egypt with such truth and clarity. I recommend this book to all people who want to truly know the history of black people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Fantastic

    I originally bought this book in 1996 and, after making the great mistake of lending it out, didn't retrieve it until 2003. It's become my Bible. I always heard that black people were the first builders, scientists, physicians and schollars,(the list of firsts is endless). However I generally found myself floundering when attempting to expalin to friends, why, if we were the original people, we eventually became known as the worlds greatest borrowers, hangers on and 'third world' citizens. Now thanks to Dr. Williams I am able to understand it for myself and articulate to a much higher degree the tragedy that is the African Exodus. History has always been an interest and hobby of mine and I now intend to make it a career by studying for a degree in African History.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    Brilliant and Up Lifting

    When I first read the book Destruction of a Black Civilization I was working in a book store. I've heard of the title but didn't feel compelled to buy it and then a friend told me about it and then I read it. It didn't move me at first, until I went to Africa. There I read to book to its entirty and said to myself this is some good stuff (this is a clean version of what I wanted to say). This book is really moving and to go to Africa and see first hand what Mr. Chancellor is saying is unbelievable. I would say this book should be read by every scholar who truly cares about African people and African Culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    A Must Read

    Interested in discovering your African origins and the origins of civilization? Well this is THE book to get you off to the proper search. Very interesting and important for all Africans (which is what i call all blacks in America). This is truly a must read. Learn what others have prayed that we will never discover. It is difficult to type the emotions felt as a result of reading this book. The best I can do is to implore more Africans to read it.

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