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
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.