In Search of Our Roots How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past

ISBN-10: 0307382400
ISBN-13: 9780307382405
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 1/27/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born on September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia. He received a degree in history from Yale University in 1973 and a Ph.D. from Clare College, which is part of the University of Cambridge in 1979. He is a leading scholar of African-American literature, history, and culture. He began working on the Black Periodical Literature Project, which uncovered lost literary works published in 1800s. He rediscovered what is believed to be the first novel published by an African-American in the United States. He republished the 1859 work by Harriet E. Wilson, entitled Our Nig, in 1983. He has written numerous books including Colored People: A Memoir, A Chronology of African-American History, The Future of the Race, Black Literature and Literary Theory, and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. In 1991, he became the head of the African-American studies department at Harvard University. He is now the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at the university. He wrote and produced several documentaries including Wonders of the African World, America Beyond the Color Line, and African American Lives. He has also hosted PBS programs such as Wonders of the African World, Black in Latin America, and Finding Your Roots.

Introduction: Family Matters
Prefatory Notes on the African Slave Trade
Maya Angelou
Quincy Jones
Morgan Freeman
Tina Turner
Peter J. Gomes
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Tom Joyner
Benjamin Carson
Oprah Winfrey
Whoopi Goldberg
Mae Jemison
T. D. Jakes
Linda Johnson Rice
Kathleen Henderson
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Don Cheadle
Chris Rock
Bliss Broyard
Chris Tucker
How to Trace Your Own Roots
Acknowledgments
Index

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