Autobiography of A People

Autobiography of A People

Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles three centuries of African American history with first-person narratives by Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and other important figures

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Editor Boyd, a journalist, author, and teacher, collects writings from an incredible range of 116 personalities to give a first-hand, near-360 degree panorama of the history of African American experience. Writers and topics include Frederick Douglass on life in the north, Sojourner Truth on black women's rights, W.E.B. DuBois on the "talented tenth," Angela Davis on the Soledad Brothers, Maya Angelou on black and Japanese relations, Audre Lorde on apartheid, Nat Turner on the 1831 rebellion, Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad, Stokely Carmichael on Black Power, MLK on capitalism, Max Roach on jazz, Jelly Roll Morton on the blues, and Alvin Ailey on dance. Other personages include Mumia Abu-Jamal, LL Cool J, Al Sharpton, Johnnie Cochran, and Anita Hill. There's no index, but writings are arranged thematically. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Three centuries of African American history are richly chronicled using firstperson narratives by the likes of Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, among many others.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385492782
Branch Call Number: 973.0496 AUT
Characteristics: xviii, 549 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Boyd, Herb 1938-,- Editor


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