To Make Our World Anew

Volume II: A History of African Americans Since 1880

by Robin D. G. Kelley, Earl Lewis

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  • 0199838933
  • 9780195181357
  • 9780199838936
  • 9780199839018
Written by the most prominent of the new generation of historians, this superb volume offers the most up-to-date and authoritative account available of African-American history, ranging from the first Africans brought as slaves into the Americas, to today's black filmmakers and politicians.Here is a panoramic view of African American life, rich in gripping first-person accounts and short character sketches that invite readers to relive history as African Americans experienced it. We begin in Africa, with the growth of the slave trade, and follow the forced migration of what is estimated to be between ten and twenty million people, witnessing the terrible human cost of slavery in the colonies of England and Spain. We read of the Haitian Revolution, which ended victoriously in 1804 with the birth of the first independent black nation in the New World, and of slave rebellions and resistance in the United States in the years leading up to the Civil War. There are vivid accounts of the Civil War and Reconstruction years, the backlash of notorious "Jim Crow" laws and mob lynchings, and the founding of key black educational institutions. The contributors also trace the migration of blacks to the major cities, the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, the hardships of the Great Depression and the service of African Americans in World War II, the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and '60s, and the emergence of today's black middle class.From Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Louis Farrakhan, To Make Our World Anew is an unforgettable portrait of a people.
  • Oxford University Press; April 2005
  • ISBN: 9780199838936
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  • Title: To Make Our World Anew
  • Author: Robin D. G. Kelley (ed.); Earl Lewis (ed.)
  • Imprint: Oxford University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0199838933
  • 9780195181357
  • 9780199838936
  • 9780199839018

In The Press

To Make Our World Anew is an absolute must for every library--school, college, community, and your own personal bookshelves at home. Comprehensive and scholarly, it is also one of the most fascinating, readable, and stirring history books I've encountered."--Marian Wright Edelman, President, The Children's Defense Fund
"The scholarship sparkles throughout, offering not just the 'what', but also the 'why' of the social, cultural, and political events shaping the present. Editors Kelley and Lewis have synthesized the vast knowledge of contemporary African-American studies into a single, fluid volume that provides an intelligent introduction to the history's intricacies, divisions and accomplishments."--Publishers Weekly
"A group of leading historians crafts a brilliant monument to individual and collective Black achievement that is 'nothing less than dramatic saga.' Sweeping in scope, this invaluable survey charts the transformation of Blacks from Africans into African-Americans."--Emerge
"The historian co-authors really capture not only the history in a relatively concise form, but also the passion behind our stories through writings that have a glorious spark of fire and aliveness to them....This is no 'cry me a river' book. It chronicles clearly and convincingly our personal highs and lows and the real history of our involvement with this country in unique readable and compelling ways. Regardless of your race or ethnicity, if you want to understand american history over the last 500 years, this book is essential reading."--The Black Book Review
"Since nearly any history of African Americans is bound to be compared to John Hope Franklin's From Slavery to Freedom, perhaps it's best to state straightaway that To Make Our World Anew does indeed measure up to, and on some levels surpass, Franklin's epochal work. Every aspect of the African American experience is explored: slavery, slave rebellions, emancipation, segregation, lynchings, civil rights, and the post civil rights era."--Amazon reviewer
"Uniquley, the book 'places the struggles and achievements of black people in a larger international framework.' Thoughtfully written and offering insightful observations, this book offers carefully reasoned analyses of black feminism, urban poverty, and the struggle for political power.... A striking reflection of the breadth and vitality of contemporary African American historical scholarship. Worth reading by anyone interested in the African American experience...."--Library Journal
"Well-chosen facts illustrate the relevant periods and the constantly evolving nature of the black struggle...A comprehensive and vividly narrated history, enriched by well-chosen illustrations, that is as much an epic-in-progress as a scholarly record."--Kirkus Reviews

About The Author

Robin D. G. Kelley is Professor of History and Africana Studies at New York University. He is the author of Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression, which received the Eliot Rudwick Prize of the Organization of American Historians, and Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class. He lives in New York City. Earl Lewis is Professor of History and Afroamerican Studies at the University of Michigan, and former director of the university's Center for Afroamerican and African Studies. He is the author of In Their Own Interests: Race, Class, and Power in Twentieth-Century Norfolk and Blacks in the Industrial Age: A Documentary History. He lives in Ann Arbor.