Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery

Africans in America America s Journey through Slavery The acclaimed account of slavery in America illuminating how Africans and Europeans built a nation A riveting narrative history of America from the landing in Jamestown to the brink of the Civi

  • Title: Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery
  • Author: Charles R. Johnson WGBH Series Research Team
  • ISBN: 9780156008549
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • The acclaimed account of slavery in America, illuminating how Africans and Europeans built a nation A riveting narrative history of America, from the 1607 landing in Jamestown to the brink of the Civil War, Africans in America tells the shared history of Africans and Europeans as seen through the lens of slavery It is told from the point of view of the Africans who arrivThe acclaimed account of slavery in America, illuminating how Africans and Europeans built a nation A riveting narrative history of America, from the 1607 landing in Jamestown to the brink of the Civil War, Africans in America tells the shared history of Africans and Europeans as seen through the lens of slavery It is told from the point of view of the Africans who arrived in shackles and endured the terrible dichotomy of this new land founded on the ideal of liberty but dedicated to the perpetuation of slavery Meticulously researched, this book weaves together the experiences of the colonists, slaves, free and fugitive blacks, and abolitionists to present an utterly original document, a startling and moving drama of the effects of slavery and racism on our conflicted national identity The result transcends history as we were taught it and transforms the way we see our past.

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    1. A poignant story that moves along briskly through the checkered past of this great nation. Indeed, for this democracy to live with so much hypocrisy for as long as it did will always be as mind-boggling as is the victory with which African-American people have beaten the odds in order to endure and survive. I wish everyone would be aware that the wealth of this nation was built on the sacrificial backs of entire peoples.

    2. Wow! I didn't exactly read, but rather watched the four part documentary. We Americans share - and hide from ourselves - the cruelest past. The most sordid and shameful deed of supporting slavery for hundreds of years.The thorough research, the carfeully worded interviews and the amazing pictorical representations put the issue of racial slavery where it belongs: bang in the center of educational debate.Watching this series - filmed almost two decades ago - when Trump assumes power, when Syrians [...]

    3. "429 men, women, and children were loaded onto railroad cars and carried north to (be sold). Husbands and wives. Sisters and brothers. Elderly parents. Infants, some only days old. The destruction of community, the tearing apart of families was legal, socially acceptable, justified in churches and the halls of government."The words "all men are created equal" did not apply to slaves. They were considered inferior to whiteseven Thomas Jefferson wrote that they were "lesser creatures". George Wash [...]

    4. I wanted this book to be better than it was. I was quite excited when I picked this up at the bookstore, not having seen a book dedicated to this topic before. It is not that this is BAD book, but neither is it a particularly good book. I am glad that I read it--it does have some interesting information, and introduced me to historical figures I had not heard of. The book, though, is little more than a recitation of facts. There is very little analysis of these facts, little to relate them to th [...]

    5. An amazing and thorough book, in the manner of Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, telling the history of Africans in America from the first few brought to these shores until the start of the Civil War. It had an excellent balance of individuals' stories and broader societal perspective. Readable, educational, and (given the material) very, very hard. Not the worst I've ever read for the details of the viciousness of life under a system of ownership of human beings (though that' [...]

    6. I learned a great deal in this very opinionated book. There were many factual flaws which made me suspicious of much of the writing, which is a shame for such an important and deep part of the history of the United States. To state that Thomas Jefferson was president of the Continental Congress while trying to add guilt does not become valid as Jefferson was never president of the Continental Congress. This and some other mistakes basically hurt this book from being as strong as it ought to.

    7. I am glad I read this, so much information about how slavery was started and why it continued for so long. This is what they should be teaching in the schools, so that our children learn what a horrid time in our history it was and that those founding 'fathers' we hold up as heroes were not perfect, in fact far from it.This country treated other human beings like property and we have still so much to learn so that we will stop making these kind of mistakes.

    8. I just finished reading this book and I was amazed, angered, heart-broken, and thrilled through it all. Simply, the research team covers everything from much needed basic history to indepth discussion in a straightforward tone. Covers the entire picture from before beginning to end.

    9. A wonderful book, well crafted and a compelling read. I'm only sorry I didn't catch the series on television.

    10. An amazing unveiling of historical truths that should definitely be included in the curriculum of our schools.

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