In this masterful account, Ira Berlin, one of the nation's most distinguished historians, offers a revolutionary-and sure to be controversial-new view of African American history. In The Making of African America, Berlin challenges the traditional presentation of a linear, progressive history from slavery to freedom. Instead, he puts forth the idea that four great migrations, between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries, lie at the heart of black American culture and its development. With an engrossing, accessible narrative, Berlin traces the transit from Africa to America, Virginia to Alabama, Biloxi to Chicago, Lagos to the Bronx, and in the process finds the essence of black American life.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Movement and Place in the African American Past 14
Chapter 2 The Transatlantic Passage 49
Chapter 3 The Passage to the Interior 99
Chapter 4 The Passage to the North 152
Chapter 5 Global Passages 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a good, but authoritative history of the growth of African America. Berlin was a great professor, by the way.