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The African-American archive : the history of the Black experience in documents
Wright, Kai.
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2001]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 805 pages : illustrations, map ; 29 cm
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E184.6 .A33 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Here is the most sweeping and informative collection of documents detailing the Black experience ever compiled.

Destined to become the bible of writings on and about African-American culture, politics and history, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ARCHIVE portrays the stark realities, great moments and fascinating particulars of being black in America, through the minds and pens of those who lived it. Featuring letters, articles, pamphlets and papers of all kinds, every important document is here-the Emancipation Proclamation, the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech and-along with scores of enlightening personal documents-harrowing accounts from slaves who suffered the passage from Africa, letters from black soldiers in the Civil War, journal entries from civil rights workers in the '60s and Louis Farrakhan's speech at the 1995 Million Man March. Arranged chronologically from the 1600s to the present, each document is introduced with a careful discussion, providing historical background and context.

Author Notes

Kai Wright is a writer and editor whose work explores the politics of sex, race, and health. He contributes to a variety of independent and community-based publications ranging from Mother Jones to Essence magazine. He is the author of Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York (Beacon Press, January 2008) and Soldiers of Freedom (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2003). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

I '20 & Odd Negroes': A Violent Beginning
II The Birth of African America: From Religion To Revolution
III I Will be Heard: Abolition And The Build Up to Civil War
IV A House Divided: Emancipation And The Civil War Era
V Forty Acres and a Mule: Reconstruction And Its Aftermath
VI Talented Tenth: The Harlem Renaissance And The New Negro
VII A Dream No Longer Deferrred: The Civil Rights Movement
VIII Say It Loud: Black Power And Beyond
IX Learning To Talk Of Race: The Modern Era
Kia Wright is a freelance writer and journalist based in Washington, D.C.
His work on Contemporary issues relevant to black communities around the world has appeared in, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Village Voice, among other publications
He has been a Pew Fellow in International Journalism and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy and international Affairs, and is a former reporter for the Washington Blade newspaper.