The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader by Henry Louis Gates

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A primer from one of America’s most esteemed and popular intellectuals
 

About Henry Louis Gates

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. The author of numerous books, including the American Book Award-winning The Signifying Monkey, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Basic Civitas Books. 658 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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and once we sit down and they get past whatever color I am, they want to do business with me.” Powell encourages young black people to find a white mentor, for “more and more people in the white community are anxious to help those who are less fortunate.” Colorblindness, at least of a kind, also ...

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Finally he tells each subject what the DNA tells him about the subject’s ancestral lineage, where his ancestors probably lived in the distant past, how they are linked with others on the human family tree and what percentage of the subject’s heritage is European, African or Asian/Native American.

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a way of speaking about black advancement that doesn't distort the enduring realities of black poverty.'' Thoughtful and, particularly in the Gates essay, deeply felt.

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Omnibus of writings on race discourse and genealogy over three decades by the eminent Harvard professor.

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His introductions to Our Nig and The Bondswoman’s Narrative are particularly valuable, as are several critical essays treating issues of canonicity and the place therein of African-American literature that stimulated provocative intellectual chatter as the works of African-American writers ente...

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For Franklin, Gates tells us, in one of the essays in this great anthology, called “The Prince Who Refused the Kingdom,” there could be no Black History without “History.” And yet, reading this outstanding collection by one of America’s most iconic and treasured educator, writer, critic, intelle...

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It questions the very notion of racial authenticity in a culture in which, to use Baldwin’s formulation, "Each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other — male in female, female in male, white in black and black in white."

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