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

ISBN-10: 0385492790
ISBN-13: 9780385492799
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: Herb Boyd
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List price: $21.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/26/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Benjamin Banneker on Thomas Jefferson's hypocrisy * Old Elizabeth on spreading the Word * Frederick Douglass on life in the North * Sojourner Truth on black women's rights * W.E.B. Du Bois on the Talented Tenth * Matthew Henson on reaching the North Pole * and many more. "It has been said, 'He who does not know history is doomed to repeat it.' We as African Americans must put forth a concerted effort to know and to write our own history...We have the knowledge, the know-how, the resources, and we were there." --Rev. Bernice A. King Celebrating the spirituality, courage, and intellectual achievements of African Americans, Autobiography of a People is the first anthology to effectively trace the history of the African American experience--from the Middle Passage to Emancipation, from the Civil War to Vietnam, from the Little Rock Nine to the Million Man March--by telling the story in the words of the men and women who lived it. Editor Herb Boyd has combined a powerful chorus of voices from the past and present to create a compelling portrait of how African Americans have survived--and shaped--some of the most important events in United States history. The misery of slavery, the bloodshed of war, and the struggle for civil rights are just some of the pivotal experiences described in vivid detail throughout the book. Many of the most revered historical and intellectual figures, writers, religious leaders, and activists appear within these pages, such as Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Elaine Brown, Margaret Walker, and General Colin Powell. Yet this remarkable collection also includes riveting scenes from the lives of ordinary men and women whose accomplishments may not have been recorded in the history books, but whose experiences are equally important to the African American story. Offering a wealth of historical detail and emotion, Autobiography of a People is a stunning accomplishment that brings African American history to life, in all its tragedy and triumph, in a brilliant testament to the black experience in America. The book boasts an astounding roster of important historical and intellectual figures, writers and religious leaders, such as Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., General Colin Powell, and Angela Davis, as well as a generous selection of riveting accounts from ordinary people. The misery of slavery, the bloodshed of several American wars, and the struggle for civil rights are just some of the pivotal experiences described in vivid detail throughout the book. Linked by editor Herb Boyd's informative narrative bridges, these powerful voices from the past and present combine to create a compelling portrait of how African Americans have survived-- and shaped--some of the most important events in U.S. history. A monumental achievement, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PEOPLE brings African-American history to life in all its tragedy and triumph, in a brilliant testament to the black experience in America. -- From the Hardcover edition.

Herb Boyd teaches at the College of New Rochelle & New York University. He lives in New York City.

Foreword
Introduction
Pre-Revolutionary Voices
James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw (1710-?)
Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797)
Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)
Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833)
John Cuffe (c. 1755-?)
The Lord Will Provide
Richard Allen (1760-1831)
Old Elizabeth (1766-?)
Jupiter Hammon (c. 1711-1806)
Belinda (c. 1717-?)
Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806)
Prince Hall (1748-1797)
From the Cotton Patch to the Big House
Jenny Proctor (c. 1845-?)
Peter Williams (?-1849)
Abd ar-Rahman (c. 1790-?)
Austin Steward (1793-1860)
Let your Motto be Resistance!
Nat Turner (1800-1831)
Henry Highland Garnet (1815-1882)
Harriet Jacobs (1815?-1897)
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)
John Parker (1827-1900)
Osborne Anderson (1830-1872)
Caught Between the Blue and the Gray
Mattie J. Jackson (1800-?)
William Wells Brown (1814-1884)
Robert Purvis (1810-1898)
Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
Elizabeth Keckley (1824-1907)
John Boston (c. 1842-?)
Charlotte Forten (1837-1914)
Ann (c. 1835-?)
Octave Johnson (1840-?)
Patsey Leach (1843-?)
No Land, No Mules, and for Millions, No Vote
John Mercer Langston (1829-1879)
Sojourner Truth (c.1797-1883)
Samuel Larkin (c. 1840-?)
John R. Lynch (1847-1939)
Dawn of a New Century
Booker T. Washington (1857?-1915)
Lewis Latimer (1848-1928)
Henry McNeal Turner (1834-1915)
Anna Julia Cooper (1858/9-1964)
Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954)
Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935)
And Some of us are Bold
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963)
Ida B. Wells Barnett (1862-1931)
Matthew Henson (1866-1955)
Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1890-1941)
Jack Johnson (1878-1946)
Ethel Waters (1896-1977)
Seeking a Wider World
Addie Hunton (1875-1943)
Harry Haywood (1898-1985)
Era Bell Thompson (1906-1986)
Dorothy West (1909-1998)
Richard Wright (1908-1960)
Marcus Garvey (1887-1940)
The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond
Langston Hughes (1898-1967)
Howard "Stretch" Johnson (1915- )
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)
Pauli Murray (1910-1985)
Nate Shaw (c. 1900- )
Haywood Patterson (1913-1952)
James Cameron (1914- )
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (1908-1972)
On the Home Front
Conrad Lynn (1908-1995)
Marian Anderson (1900-1993)
Nelson Peery (1923- )
Althea Gibson (1927- )
A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979)
Clarence Atkins (1922- )
Charles Denby (1907-1983)
Maya Angelou (1928- )
Coleman Young (1918-1998)
The Calm Before the Storm
Curtis Morrow (1933- )
Jane (1914- )
Paul Robeson (1898-1976)
Sunnie Wilson (1908-1999)
Coretta Scott King (1927- )
Constance Baker Motley (1921- )
Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn us Around
Rosa Parks (1913- )
Ella Baker (1903-1986)
James Forman (1928- )
Melba Pattillo Beals (1942- )
Breakthroughs and Personal Intimacies
Ossie Davis (1917- ) and Ruby Dee (1924- )
Anne Moody (1940- )
Sharon Robinson (1950- )
Malcolm X (1925-1965)
General Gordon Baker (1942- )
Gordon Parks (1912- )
David Parks (1944- )
To Die for the People
Kwame Ture (1941-1998)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
H. Rap Brown (1943- )
Angela Davis (1944- )
George Jackson (1941-1971)
Elaine Brown (1943- )
Randall Robinson (1941- )
A Way with Words
LL Cool J (1968- )
Johnnie Cochran (1938- )
Margaret Walker (1915- )
Lee Stringer (1950- )
Sam Fulwood (1956- )
Tyrone Powers (1961- )
Bitter the Chastening Rod
Audre Lorde (1934-1993)
Jill Nelson (1953- )
Johnnetta B. Cole (1936- )
Max Roach (1924- )
Alvin Ailey (1931-1989)
Colin L. Powell (1937- )
"No Justice, No Peace!"
Al Sharpton (1954- )
Bari-Ellen Roberts (1953- )
Anita Hill (1950- )
Gary Franks (1953- )
James McBride (1957- )
Mumia Abu-Jamal (1956- )
Kevin Powell (1966- )
Rev. Bernice King (1963- )
Selected Bibliography
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