This reader contains historical documents representing the contributions to American history from a wide range of African-American life and thought. The material is arranged chronologically from the colonial period to the present.
In 13 chronological sections, historical documents that originated in the black community provide a skeleton for a course on the history of African Americans from the colonial period to the present. Each section begins with an introduction and ends with a list of suggested reading; each reading is set into its historical, political, and literary context. There is no index. The first edition appeared in 1970; no date is noted for the second. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
1. AFRICA AND THE SLAVE TRADE. Taken from the Guinea Coast as a Child. The Horrors of the Middle Passage. A Devout Moslem sold to the Infidels. 2. THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN BEFORE 1800. Blacks Serve the City in a Time of Crisis. Black people Organize for Self-Protection. A Plea for Federal Protection for Manumitted Slaves in the South. 3. SLAVERY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY REBELLION. Rebellion. Life as a Slave. An Ingenious Escape from Slavery. Let my People Go: Spirituals. 4. THE FREE BLACK COMMUNITY, 1800-1860. The White Church''''s Oppression of the Black Man. Discrimination in the Free States. What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? 5. THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION. Free the Slaves, Then Leave Them Alone. Educating the Freedmen of the Sea Islands. Debate on Compulsory Free Public Education for All. Discrimination in the Mississippi Elections. 6. THE LEGAL SEGREGATION OF FREE PEOPLE. The Areas of Racial Discrimination. Attack on the Supreme Court. Peonage in the South. 7. THE ORGANIZATION OF PROTEST. Education before Equality. Equality and Education Black Men Organize. The NAACP Program for Change. Why Blacks Must Organize for Legal Rights. 8. THE GREAT MIGRATION BRINGS A NEW MOOD. Why Blacks Chose to Leave the South. Black Poets Sing. Free Africa for Africans. 9. DEPRESSION AND WAR: STRUGGLE AND ADVANCE. Domestic Slavery. March for a Fair Share. Battle on the Home Front. 10. SCHOOL DESEGREGATION AND THE COLD WAR. Separate Schools are Deliberately Unequal. Little Rock Prepares for Desegregation. The Cold War and Black Americans. 11. THE NONVIOLENT CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. The Student Sit-Ins Begin. The Philosophy of Nonviolent Coercion. Black Political Action in the South. We Shall Overcome: Freedom Songs. 12. THE MILITANT BLACK LIBERATION MOVEMENT. Conditions in the Urban Ghetto. The Ballot or the Bullet. Black Revolutionary Nationalism. The Meaning of Black Power. 13. CONSOLIDATION AND REACTION. The Rainbow Coalition. Affirmative Action The Travail of Black Youth. Gangsta Rap and American Culture.