Life Upon These Shores by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Looking at African American History, 1513-2008

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a sumptuously illustrated landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama.

Informed by the latest, sometimes provocative scholarship and including more than seven hundred images—ancient maps, fine art, documents, photographs, cartoons, posters—Life Upon These Shores focuses on defining events, debates, and controversies, as well as the signal achievements of people famous and obscure. Gates takes us from the sixteenth century through the ordeal of slavery, from the Civil War and Reconstruction through the Jim Crow era and the Great Migration; from the civil rights and black nationalist movements through the age of hip-hop to the Joshua generation. By documenting and illuminating the sheer diversity of African American involvement in American history, society, politics, and culture, Gates bracingly disabuses us of the presumption of a single “black experience.”

Life Upon These Shores is a book of major importance, a breathtaking tour de force of the historical imagination.
 

About Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is editor in chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center and of the daily online magazine The Root. He has received more than forty honorary degrees from institutions the world over.
 
Published November 22, 2011 by Knopf. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Few readers will consult this text for the last word on any of the hundreds of entries it contains, but students might well begin here to understand the sweep of African-American history.

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A distinguished scholar surveys, with lavish illustrations, 500 years of the African-American experience.

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A visual summary of the African-American experience.

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New York Journal of Books

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But author Gates gently directs us around corners and through the maze of the African American people to share with us the countless successes that arose from despair and we watch as the gifted writers, politicians, businesspersons, athletes, entertainers, and military heroes remain steadfast as ...

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while many of the stories in Life Upon These Shores give us pause, Mr. Gates makes us richer with the knowledge of what went before—and what can be in the future.”Reading Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513–2008 by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is like walking through histo...

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As he wrote to Horace Greeley: “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all slaves I would do it;

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