African-American Century How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country

ISBN-10: 0684864150
ISBN-13: 9780684864150
Edition: 2002 (Reprint)
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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 2/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
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.

Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1900-1909
W.E.B. Du Bois
T. Thomas Fortune
Matthew Henson
Jack Johnson
Scott Joplin
Henry Ossawa Tanner
Madame C.J. Walker
Booker T. Washington
Ida B. Wells Barnett
Bert Williams
1910-1919
Mary McLeod Bethune
George Washington Carver
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
Thomas A. Dorsey
W.C. Handy
James Weldon Johnson
Jelly Roll Morton
Charles Henry Turner
Jimmy Winkfield
Carter G. Woodson
1920-1929
Louis Armstrong
Junius C. Austin
Josephine Baker
Bessie Coleman
Marcus Garvey
Langston Hughes
Ernest Everett Just
Oscar Micheaux
Bessie Smith
Jean Toomer
1930-1939
Marian Anderson
Sterling A. Brown
Father Divine
Charles Hamilton Houston
Zora Neale Hurston
Robert Johnson
Joe Louis
Jesse Owens
Paul Robeson
Bill Bojangles Robinson
1940-1949
Charles R. Drew
Katherine Dunham
Duke Ellington
Billie Holiday
Lena Horne
Jacob Lawrence
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
A. Philip Randolph
Jackie Robinson
Richard Wright
1950-1959
Ralph Bunche
Nat King Cole
Miles Davis
Ralph Ellison
Althea Gibson
Lorraine Hansberry
Willie Mays
Rosa Parks
Art Tatum
Sarah Vaughan
1960-1969
Muhammad Ali
James Baldwin
John Coltrane
Angela Davis
Fannie Lou Hamer
Jimi Hendrix
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thurgood Marshall
Sidney Poitier
Malcolm X
1970-1979
Hank Aaron
Maya Angelou
Romare Bearden
James Brown
Marvin Gaye
Barbara Harris
Dorothy Height
Barbara Jordan
Leontyne Price
Richard Pryor
1980-1989
Alvin Ailey
Bill Cosby
John Hope Franklin
Jesse Jackson
Michael Jackson
Carl Lewis
Jessye Norman
Martin Puryear
Alice Walker
August Wilson
1990-1999
Louis Farrakhan
Michael Jordan
Spike Lee
Wynton Marsalis
Toni Morrison
Colin Powell
Tupac Shakur
Denzel Washington
Oprah Winfrey
Tiger Woods
Chronology
A Guide to Further Reading
Index
Photo Credits

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