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The African-American Century - by Henry Louis Gates & Cornel West (Paperback)

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  • One hundred original profiles of the most influential African Americans of the twentieth century.
  • About the Author: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies, and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American research at Harvard University.
  • 432 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Cultural, Ethnic & Regional

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About the Book



In a highly original and historic celebration of black Americans and their contributions to culture, the authors select 100 outstanding men and women and use their lives and accomplishments to create a fascinating portrait of the last century. Their selections are drawn from the worlds of politics and business, literature, sports, music, science, and cultural criticism.



Book Synopsis



One hundred original profiles of the most influential African Americans of the twentieth century.

Without Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis, we would not have jazz. Without Toni Morrison or Ralph Ellison, we would miss some of our greatest novels. Without Dr. King or Thurgood Marshall, we would be deprived of political breakthroughs that affirm and strengthen our democracy. Here, two of the leading African American scholars of our day, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West, show us why the twentieth century was the African American century, as they offer their personal picks of the African American figures who did the most to shape our world.

This colorful collection of personalities includes much-loved figures such as scientist George Washington Carver, contemporary favorites such as comedian Richard Pryor and novelist Alice Walker, and even less-well-known people such as aviator Bessie Coleman. Gates and West also recognize the achievements of controversial figures such as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and rap artist Tupac Shakur. Lively, accessible, and illustrated throughout, The African American Century is a celebration of black achievement and a tribute to the black struggle for freedom in America that will inspire readers for years to come.



About the Author



Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies, and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American research at Harvard University. Among his many books are Colored People: A Memoir and Wonders of the African World. He won an American Book Award in 1989 for The Signifying Monkey.

Cornel West is Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., University Professor of Harvard University. He is the author of many books including The American Evasion of Philosophy, The Future of Race (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) and the best-selling Race Matters. He won an American Book Award in 1993 for his multi-volume work Beyond Euro-centrism and Multiculturalism. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dimensions (Overall): 9.18 Inches (H) x 7.24 Inches (W) x 1.13 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.83 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 432
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional
Publisher: Free Press
Format: Paperback
Author: Henry Louis Gates & Cornel West
Language: English
Street Date: February 5, 2002
TCIN: 11981919
UPC: 9780684864150
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-0840
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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