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Upon these Shores: Themes in the African-American Experience 1600 to the Present: Themes in the African-American Experience from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Paperback – 27 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (27 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415924073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415924078
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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..."a collection of essays by top scholars that makes compelling reading for anyone."-"Morning Call

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William R. Scott is Professor of History and Director of the African-American Studies Program at Lehigh University. He is author of The Sons of Sheba's Race: African Americans and the Italo-Ethiopian War (1993). William G. Shade is Director of the American Studies Program at Lehigh University and Co-Director of the Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies. He is author of Democratizing the Old Dominion (1996) and co-editor, with Sandy Maisel, of Parties and Politics in American History (1994).

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AFRICANS BROUGHT TO NORTH AMERICA as slaves were a small minority, probably fewer than 6 percent, of some twelve million men, women, and children shoved below the decks of ships lying at anchor off Africa's Atlantic shores between the fifteenth and the nineteenth centuries. Read the first page
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A quality text for students and the educated public 10 Nov. 2001
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This work sets a high standard for college-level edited history surveys. I assigned this work (or the bulk of it at least) for an African American History course in Spring 2001. It's traditional for students to dislike textbooks designed for classroon use, but this is far from the least popular one. There are many good surveys of African American history, and while none is completely satisfactory, "Upon These Shores" has several strong features. The level of expertise and writing of most chapters is extremely high; some of the premier scholars in the field are represented here, including Peter Wood, Gayraud Wilmore, and Charles V. Hamilton among others. The chapter bibliographies are very helpful, & the illustrations nicely complement the text. Ultimately, the deciding factor in assigning this book was the numerous well-chosen excerpts from primary sources embedded in the various chapters. This helped to acquaint students with the raw materials for doing history, gave direct access to Black voices from the past,and--not least--saved students money since they didn't have to buy a separate collection of sources.
"Upon These Shores" does have some drawbacks. It lacks an index, a minor but distinct annoyance. There is a good chapter on Black feminism, but coverage of African American women in other chapters is rather perfunctory, though the section on the antebellum gender division of labor is very insightful. The result is that Black womens' issues seem regrettably segregated largely into one chapter. "Race relations" is mostly defined in black-&-white terms, leaving readers less informed on encounters with other ethnic groups. Still, this work does not claim to be fully comprehensive, and what's here is quite good indeed. The course itself covered almost four centuries of history, really too much to do in one semester. I supplemented "Upon These Shores" with the following works: Olaudah Equiano, "Interesting Narrative;" David Walker, "Appeal to the Colored People of the World;" WEB DuBois, "Souls of Black Folk;" Anne Moody, "Comimg of Age in Mississippi," and shorter writings by Diop, Appiah, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs and Nat Turner.
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A quality text for students and the educated public 10 Nov. 2001
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Format: Hardcover
This work sets a high standard for college-level edited history surveys. I assigned this work (or the bulk of it at least) for an African American History course in Spring 2001. It's traditional for students to dislike textbooks designed for classroon use, but this is far from the least popular one. There are many good surveys of African American history, and while none is completely satisfactory, "Upon These Shores" has several strong features. The level of expertise and writing of most chapters is extremely high; some of the premier scholars in the field are represented here, including Peter Wood, Joseph Miller, Gayraud Wilmore, and Charles V. Hamilton among others. The chapter bibliographies are very helpful, and the illustrations nicely complement the text. Ultimately, the deciding factor in assigning this book was the numerous well-chosen excerpts from primary sources embedded in the various chapters. This helped to acquaint students with the raw materials for doing history, gave direct access to Black voices from the past, and---not least---saved students money since they didn't have to buy a separate collection of sources.
"Upon These Shores" does have some drawbacks. It lacks an index, a minor but distinct annoyance. There is a good chapter on Black feminism, but coverage of African American women in other chapters is rather perfunctory, though the section on the antebellum gender division of labor is very insightful. The result is that womens' issues regrettably seem largely segregated into one chapter. Contributors mostly define "race rellations" in black-and-white terms, leaving readers less informed on encounters with other ethnic groups. Still, this work does not claim to be fully comprehensive, and what's here is quite good indeed.
The course itself covered four centuries of history, really too much to do in one semester. I supplemented "Upon These Shores" with the following works: Olaudah Equiano, "Interesting Narrative;" David Walker, "Appeal to the Colored People;" WEB DuBois, "Souls of Black Folk;" Anne Moody, "Coming of Age in Mississippi," & shorter writings by Diop, Appiah, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs & Nat Turner.
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