“Those Who Truly Understand and Appreciate the Past can Effectively Determine the Future.”–Katherine Bankole-Medina, History Is A State of Mind
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A host of bibliographies are available online on African American history and culture. However we began our compilation with selected texts we considered classics or seminal in intellectual value. Then we asked people we know to give us the titles of books that made a profound impact on their lives and Blacks in the diaspora. We then took these two sets of titles to see if we could find their frequency among those listed on some of the top online sites which present Africana history bibliographies. Even we were amazed at the results. Our recommended readings include a wealth of knowledge—and many of these texts are considered ground-breaking. In addition, the exercise revealed that several noted scholars who have produced additional texts which comprise a comprehensive body of work. In our recommended readings you will find scholarship, biography, textbooks, essays, opinion, and literature (fiction, prose, poetry). Some of the texts listed below have been characterized as pedagogic instruments which have caused a “paradigm shift” in society, particularly in our understanding and interpretation of African American history and culture. For all those who read and have no fear of the intelligent narrative—History Is A State of Mind
100 Transformational Texts In The Study Of African American History And Culture: Part II, 51—100
51. Jacobs, Harriet, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Washington Square Press: New York, 2003.
52. Jackson, John G., Introduction to African Civilization. New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1980.
53. James, Cyril Lionel Robert (C.L.R.), The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. New York: Vintage Books, 1963.
54. James, George G.M., Stolen Legacy. San Francisco: Julian Richardson Associates, 1976.
55. Johnson, Charles, Middle Passage, Dutton/New American Library, 1991.
56. Jordan, Winthrop D., White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward The Negro, 1550-1812. Chapel Hill: N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1968.
57. Karenga, Maulana, Maat: The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt. Los Angeles, CA: The University of Sankore Press, 2006.
58. Karenga, Maulana. Introduction to Black Studies. Inglewood: Kawaida Publications, 1982.
59. Kelley, Robin D. G. Freedom Dreams: the Black Radical Imagination. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.
60. Kenyatta, Jomo. Facing Mount Kenya: The Traditional Life of the Gikuyu. Nairobi: Heinemann Educational Books, 1978.
61. King, Jr., Martin Luther, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
62. Locke, Alain. The New Negro. New York: Atheneum, 1968.
63. Logan, Rayford Whittingham, The Negro in American life and thought: the nadir, 1877-1901. New York: Dial Press, 1954.
64. Madhubuti, Haki, Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous, Third World Press, 1990.
65. Mandela, Nelson, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. London: Little, Brown and Co., 1999.
66. Marable, Manning, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society. Cambridge: South End Press, 2000.
67. Martin, Tony, Race First: The Ideological and Organizational Struggles of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association, Dover, MA: The Majority Press, 1986.
68. Memmi, Albert, The Colonizer and the Colonized. Boston: Beacon Press, 1991.
69. Morrison, Toni, The Bluest Eye, New York: Dutton/Plume, 2000.
70. Morrison, Toni, Beloved, New York: Dutton/New American Library, 1991.
71. Morton, Patricia, Disfigured Images: The Historical Assault on Afro-American Women, New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.
72. Moses, Wilson Jeremiah. The Golden Age of Black Nationalism, 1850-1925. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 1988.
73. Painter, Nell Irvin, Exodusters: Black Migration To Kansas After Reconstruction. New York: Knopf, 1977.
74. Raboteau, Albertt J., Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” In The Antebellum South. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
75. Robeson, Paul, Here I Stand. New York: Othello Associates, 1968.
76. Rodgers, J.A., From “Superman” to Man New York, N.Y.: Helga M. Rogers, 1968
77. Rodney, Walter. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, (1972) 1981.
78. Smitherman, Geneva, Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1986.
79. Sterling, Dorothy, (ed). We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century. New York: W.W. Norton, 1984.
80. Taylor, Quintard, In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990. New York: Norton, 1998.
81. Turner, Lorenzo, Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1949
82. Turner, Nat, The Confessions of Nat Turner New York: Random House, (1831) 1967.
83. Van Sertima, Ivan, They Came Before Columbus. New York: Random House, 1976.
84. Walker, Alice, In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.
85. Walker, Margaret, Jubilee, New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1984.
86. Walker, Sheila, African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2001.
87. Walters, Ron, Pan-Africanism in the African Diaspora: An Analysis of Modern Afrocentric Political Movements. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1993.
88. Washington, Booker T., Up from Slavery: An Autobiography. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1963.
89. Wells Barnett, Ida, Jacqueline Jones Royster. Southern Horrors And Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign Of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900, Boston, MA: Bedford Books, 1997.
90. West, Cornell, Race Matters, Ypsilanti, MI: Beacon Press, 1993.
91. White, Deborah Gray, Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999.
92. Williams, Chancellor, The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. Chicago: Third World Press. 1974.
93. Williams, Eric, Capitalism and Slavery, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944.
94. Williams, John A., The Man Who Cried I Am, New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1985.
95. Williams, Juan, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. New York: Viking, 1987.
96. Woodson, Carter Godwin, The Mis-education of the Negro. Trenton, NJ: African World Press. (1933) 1998.
97. Woodward, C. Vann, The Strange Career of Jim Crow. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
98. Wright, Richard, Black Boy, New York: HarperCollins, 1969.
99. Wright, Richard, Native Son. New York: Harper Perennial, 1998.
100. Yette, Sam, The Choice. New York: Putnam, 1971.
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A host of bibliographies are available online on African American history and culture. However we began our compilation with selected texts we considered classics or seminal in intellectual value. Then we asked people we know to give us the titles of books that made a profound impact on their lives and Blacks in the diaspora. We then took these two sets of titles to see if we could find their frequency among those listed on some of the top online sites which present Africana history bibliographies. Even we were amazed at the results. Our recommended readings include a wealth of knowledge—and many of these texts are considered ground-breaking. In addition, the exercise revealed that several noted scholars who have produced additional texts which comprise a comprehensive body of work. In our recommended readings you will find scholarship, biography, textbooks, essays, opinion, and literature (fiction, prose, poetry). Some of the texts listed below have been characterized as pedagogic instruments which have caused a “paradigm shift” in society, particularly in our understanding and interpretation of African American history and culture. For all who take the time to read and have no fear of the intelligent narrative—History Is A State of Mind
100 Transformational Texts In The Study Of African American History And Culture: Part I, 1—50
- Achebe, Chinua, Things Fall Apart New York: Anchor Books, (1958) 1994.
- Akbar, Na’im. Breaking The Chains of Psychological Slavery. Tallahassee: Mind Productions and Associates, Inc., 1996.
- Angelou, Maya, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1983.
- Ani, Marimba, Let the Circle Be Unbroken: Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspora. Trenton: Red Sea Press. 1989/1997.
- Ani, Marimba, Yurugu: An African Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior. Trenton: African World Press. 1994.
- Asante, Molefi Kete, Afrocentricity. Trenton, NJ: African World Press, 1988.
- Asante, Molefi Kete, The Afrocentric Idea. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987.
- Asante, Molefi Kete, The History Of Africa: The Quest For Eternal Harmony, New York: Routledge, 2007.
- Baldwin, James, The Fire Next Time. New York: Dial Press, 1963.
- Baraka, Imamu Amiri, It’s Nation Time, Third World Press, 1970.
- X, Malcolm, Autobiography of Malcolm X. With the assistance of Alex Haley. New York: Grove Press, 1965.
- Bennett, Lerone, Jr., Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. Chicago: Johnson, 1982.
- Berry, Mary Frances and John Blassingame, Long Memory: the Black Experience in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
- Blassingame, John W., The Slave Community: Plantation Life In The Antebellum South. New York: Oxford University Press, 1972.
- Brown, Elaine, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story. New York: Pantheon Books, 1992.
- Butler, Octavia E., Kindred, Beacon Press, 1988.
- Carmichael, Stokely and Charles V. Hamilton, Black Power: the Politics of Liberation in America. New York: Random House, 1967.
- Chinweizu, The West and the Rest of Us: White Predators, Black Slavers, and the African Elite. Random House, 1975.
- Chisholm, Shirley, Unbought and Unbossed Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1970.
- Clarke, J. H. Africans at the Crossroad: Notes on an African World Revolution. New York: African World Press, 1993.
- Collier-Thomas, Bettye, and V. P. Franklin, Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2001.
- Collins, Patricia Hill, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge, 2000.
- Davis, Angela, Women, Race and Class. New York: Vintage Books, (1981) 1983.
- Davis, Arthur P., From the Dark Tower: Afro-American Writers 1900 to 1960. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1974.
- Diop, Cheikh Anta, The Cultural Unity of Black Africa. Chicago: Third World Press. 1959.
- Diop, Cheikh Anta, Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology. (New York, NY: Lawrence Hill Books), 1991.
- Diop, Cheikh Anta, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality. New York, L. Hill, 1974.
- Du Bois, W.E.B., Black Reconstruction: An Essay Toward A History Of The Part Which Black Folk Played In The Attempt To Reconstruct Democracy In America, 1860-1880, New York : Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1935.
- Du Bois, W.E.B., The Souls of Black Folk. New York: New American Library, 1969.
- Douglass, Frederick, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. New York: Signet, (1845) 1968.
- Duster, Alfreda M., (ed.) Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970.
- Ellison, Ralph, Invisible Man, New York: Random House (1947) 1995.
- Fanon, Frantz, The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Grove Press, 1966.
- Fanon, Frantz, Black Skin, White Mask. New York: Grove Press. 1967.
- Franklin, John Hope and Alfred A. Moss, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, Michigan: McGraw-Hill, 1994.
- Gates, Jr., Henry Louis, Colored People: A Memoir, Alfred Knopf, 1994.
- Gates, Jr., Henry Louis, Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
- Genovese, Eugene D. Roll Jordan Roll: The World the Slaves Made. New York: Pantheon Books, 1974.
- Giddings, Paula, When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. New York: Bantam, 1984.
- Herskovits, Melville, The Myth of the Negro Past. Boston: Beacon Press, (1941) 1990.
- Hill, Robert A., (ed.) The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association papers. 6 vols. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983-1990.
- Hilliard, III, Asa G. SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind. Gainesville: Makare Publishing, 1997.
- Hine, Darlene C., Wilma King and Linda Reed, We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible: A Reader in Black Women’s History. Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, 1995.
- Hine, Darlene Clark, Black Women In American History. 16 vols. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Pub., 1990.
- Holloway, Joseph E., Africanisms in American Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.
- hooks, bell, Killing Rage: Ending Racism, Henry Holt & Co., 1995.
- Hudson-Weems, Clenora, Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves. Troy: Bedford Publishing, 2004.
- Huggins, Nathan Irvin, Black Odyssey: The Afro-American Ordeal in Slavery, Random House, 1990.
- Hull, Gloria T. Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, (eds.) All The Women Are White, All The Blacks Are Men, But Some Of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies. Old Westbury, N.Y.: Feminist Press, 1982.
- Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God, HarperCollins, 1990.
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Anglo-Saxon, Civilization, colonialism, Disease, Ethnocentrism, Eurocentrism, G. Archdall Reid, Genocide, Norman Conquest, Norman conquest of England, Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, Race and Racism, Roman Empire, World History
What Does History Teach Us? That Auspicious Histories Confirmed the Globalization of Colonial Power
“If history teaches any lesson with clearness it is this—that conquest, to be permanent, must be accompanied with extermination, otherwise in the fullness of time the natives expel or absorb the conquerors. The Saxon conquest of England was permanent; of the Norman Conquest there remains scarcely a trace. The Huns and the Franks founded permanent empires in Europe; the Roman Empire, and that of the Saracens in Spain, soon tumbled into ruins. It is highly improbable, therefore, that the British will retain their hold on their Old World dependencies. A handful of aliens cannot forever keep in subjugation large and increasing races that yearly become more intelligent and insistent in their demands for self-government. But no probable conjunction of circumstances can be thought of that will uproot the Anglo-Saxons from their wide possession in the New World. The wars of extermination are ceasing with the spread of civilization. We have ransacked the world, and now know every important disease. Diseases cannot come to us as they came to our forefathers and to the Red Indians, like visitations from on high. All the diseases that are capable of travelling have very nearly reached their limits; the rest we are able to check. Even in the unlikely event of a new disease arising, it would affect other races equally. Canada and Australasia, like the United States, may separate from the parent stem, but the race will persist. If ever a New Zealander broods over the ruins of London, he will be of British descent.”–G. Archdall Reid
SOURCE: W. M. Flinders Petrie, et al., excerpt “The Triumph of Race Why One Nation Conquers Another” by Dr. G. Archdall Reid. The Book of History, A History of all Nations Volume I (of 18), Man And The Universe, New York: The Grolier Society, p. 309.
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