The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Henry Louis Gates Jr.


The African americans: Many Rivers to move is the spouse publication to the six-part, six-hour documentary of an analogous identify. The sequence is the 1st to air seeing that 1968 that chronicles the complete sweep of 500 years of African American heritage, from the origins of slavery at the African continent and the arriving of the 1st black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, via 5 centuries of exceptional old occasions correct as much as Barack Obama’s moment time period as president, while the us nonetheless is still deeply divided via race and sophistication.

The booklet explores those subject matters in much more aspect than attainable within the tv sequence, and examines many different attention-grabbing concerns to boot, guiding readers on an interesting trip throughout the Black Atlantic world—from Africa and Europe to the Caribbean, Latin the United States, and the United States—to shed new gentle on what it has intended, and potential, to be an African American.

By highlighting the complicated inner debates and sophistication variations in the black event during this nation, readers will study that the African American neighborhood, which black abolitionist Martin R. Delany defined as a “nation inside of a nation,” hasn't ever been a really uniform entity, and that its individuals were debating their transformations of opinion and trust from their first actual days during this nation. the line to freedom for black humans in the USA has no longer been linear; fairly, very like the process a river, it's been filled with loops and eddies, slowing and infrequently reversing present. finally, this ebook emphasizes the concept that African American heritage encompasses a number of continents and venues, and has to be considered via a transnational viewpoint to be absolutely understood.

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