The Making Of African America The Four Great Migrations (Paperback)
|Author: Ira Berlin|
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|In this masterful account, one of the nation''s most distinguished historians offers a revolutionary new view of African-American history.|
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An award-winning historian's sweeping new interpretation of the African American experience. || In this masterful account, Ira Berlin, one of the nation's most distinguished historians, offers a revolutionary-and sure to be controversial-new view of African American history. In The Making of African America, Berlin challenges the traditional presentation of a linear, progressive history from slavery to freedom. Instead, he puts forth the idea that four great migrations, between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries, lie at the heart of black American culture and its development. With an engrossing, accessible narrative, Berlin traces the transit from Africa to America, Virginia to Alabama, Biloxi to Chicago, Lagos to the Bronx, and in the process finds the essence of black American life.
"In THE MAKING OF AFRICAN AMERICA, Berlin aims to reformulate the grand arc of African-American history in a way that is true to the past and at the same time includes this newest generation of immigrants....[He] makes a provocative foray into recent American history to suggest that this latest wave of immigration is the most recent in a series of four mass migrations that have shaped this country's history." - Jacqueline Jones 03/14/2010 "THE MAKING OF AFRICAN AMERICA is the result of prodigious scholarship and synthesis in tracking down the ways that a people held themselves together as they were swept into bondage and out of it and driven from place to place." - Edmund S. Morgan 04/08/2010