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100 Amazing Facts about the Negro
Contributor(s): Gates, Henry Louis (Author)

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ISBN: 0307908712     ISBN-13: 9780307908711
Publisher: Pantheon Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2017
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- History | United States - General
- Social Science | Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
- Social Science | Minority Studies
Dewey: 973.049
LCCN: 2016024453
Physical Information: 1.4" H x 6.5" W x 9.2" (2.90 lbs) 496 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Topical - Black History
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product
Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 06/01/2017
Publishers Weekly 07/10/2017
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2017
Booklist 08/01/2017 pg. 16
Library Journal 08/01/2017
BookPage 11/01/2017
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Publisher Description:
The first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers's now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1934, was billed as "A Negro 'Believe It or Not.'" Rogers's little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they were worth nothing. For African Americans of the Jim Crow era, Rogers's was their first black history teacher. But Rogers was not always shy about embellishing the "facts" and minimizing ambiguity; neither was he above shock journalism now and then.

With lan and erudition--and with winning enthusiasm--Henry Louis Gates, Jr. gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Roger's work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African, diasporic, and African-American history in question-and-answer format. Among the one hundred questions: Who were Africa's first ambassadors to Europe? Who was the first black president in North America? Did Lincoln really free the slaves? Who was history's wealthiest person? What percentage of white Americans have recent African ancestry? Why did free black people living in the South before the end of the Civil War stay there? Who was the first black head of state in modern Western history? Where was the first Underground Railroad? Who was the first black American woman to be a self-made millionaire? Which black man made many of our favorite household products better?

Here is a surprising, inspiring, sometimes boldly mischievous--all the while highly instructive and entertaining--compendium of historical curiosities intended to illuminate the sheer complexity and diversity of being "Negro" in the world.

(With full-color illustrations throughout.)

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