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Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience

Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience

by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr (Editors)

One Day My Soul Just Opened UP

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ISBN: 0465000711
Yr. Published: 1999
Publisher: Perseus Books
About this Book

From the Publisher

A landmark in reference publishing, Africana is an incomparable one-volume encyclopedia of the black world-a vital resource for families, students, and educators everywhere.

Inspired by the dream of the late African American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois and assisted by an eminent advisory board, Harvard scholars Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Kwame Anthony Appiah have created the first scholarly encyclopedia to take as its scope the entire history of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Beautifully designed and richly illustrated with over a thousand images-maps, tables, charts, photographs, hundreds of them in full color-this single-volume reference includes more than three thousand articles and over two million words. The interplay between text and illustration conveys the richness and sweep of the African and African American experience as no other publication before it. Certain to prove invaluable to anyone interested in black history and the influence of African culture on the world today, Africana is a unique testament to the remarkable legacy of a great and varied people.

With entries ranging from "affirmative action" to "zydeco," from each of the most prominent ethnic groups in Africa to each member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Africana brings the entire black world into sharp focus. Every concise, informative article is referenced to others with the aim of guiding the reader through such wide-ranging topics as the history of slavery; the civil rights movement; African-American literature, music, and art; ancient African civilizations; and the black experience in countries such as France, India, and Russia.

More than a book for library reference, Africana will give hours of reading pleasure through its longer, interpretive essays by such notable writers as Stanley Crouch, Gerald Early, Randall Kennedy, and Cornel West. These specially commissioned essays give the reader an engaging chronicle of the religion, arts, and cultural life of Africans and of black people in the Old World and the New.

REVIEW: "What a wonderful thing for the young people of this country to have, at last, within a single source, a chronicle of the history and achievements, the suffering and the triumphs, of African Americans and their cousins in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the rest of the world."-Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund

"For more than two centuries, European and North American scholars have sought to encompass the knowledge and achievements of the West in encyclopedias in which black people have spent most of their time in the wings. Now, with Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, we have an encyclopedia where Africa and her descendents stand at center stage."-Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies, Wake Forest University

"Africana's very existence shows how far African Americans have come since W.E.B. Du Bois first dreamed of an Encyclopaedia Africana at the start of this century. It's great to have one volume that shines light on the rich truth of black life, which our society has too long left in the shadows."-Jesse Jackson, Founder, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition