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  • Paperback: 487 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group; Reprint edition (29 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307476855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307476852
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.8 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Praise for Henry Louis Gates's "Life Upon These Shores
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"A distinguished scholar surveys, with lavish illustrations, 500 years of the African-American experience. . . . From the conquistadors and the origins of slavery, through the Revolutionary period, the rise of abolitionism, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, the Great Migration, both World Wars and the 20th century civil-rights movement, up to President Obama's election, the supremely qualified Gates guides us through centuries of history . . . stunning illustrations . . . striking, comprehensive." -"Kirkus Reviews"
"You can't beat the fresh and heady scholarship of "Life Upon These Shores."..Challenging the notion of a single 'Black Experience, ' Gates contextualizes his narrative with more than 800 images and doesn't duck controversy." -"Library Journal"
"Gates documents the famous, the obscure, and the long forgotten...[A] chronicle of the pressing issues and events of each generation and the incredible diversity covered by the appellation African American. A tour de force." -"Booklist "
"Meticulously researched...a book that truly celebrates the resilience and achievements of African-Americans." -BlackAmericaWeb.com
"Gates avoids clichE, meticulously illuminating the influence and contributions of Blacks in America: from African conquistadors to the election of President Barack Obama. This ambitious title redefines the relevancy of the past to our lives." -"Uptown Magazine"
"["Life Upon These Shores"] would make an excellent addition to a home or school. In fact, if you're feeling generous this season, pick one up and donate it to the middle school library nearest you." -"Journal Sentinel"
"Compiled with rigorous ambition and scholarship by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this book weaves nearly 900 images and reams of clear-eyed storytelling into an extraordinary chronology. Not only does a breathtaking range of African-American expression and experience emerge, a portrait of independence, fortitude and deep faith--the essence of "American "life--comes shining through." -"NPR "(Best Gift Books of 2012)
"an excellent example of Gates's ability to maintain high standards of scholarship while making a broad, dense subject accessible to a modern audience...A remarkable accomplishment that should endure through many editions. Highly recommended." -"Choice"
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"Reading "Life Upon These Shores" is like walking through history one day at a time. The rich content of this book pulls the reader in many different directions, and yet Mr. Gates keeps the direction focused...With each new story we sit at Mr. Gate's feet, rest our chin in our hands, and listen and learn...Mr. Gates makes us richer with the knowledge of what went before--and what can be in the future." -"New York Journal of Books"
"This is not a book to plunk down on the coffee table and flip through on occasion. It deserves to be read and read closely, short essay by short essay." -"Philly Online"
"[Gates] tells things the way they were, not the way we would like them to be...This book pulls together a valuable account of the African-American experience upon these shores. It is worth a read by all Americans who want to learn where we have been as a nation." -"Houston Chronicle"
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"A stupendous undertaking...a cornucopia of riches...conceptualized and executed with loving care and rigorous intellectual grounding." -"Counterpunch"
"An amazing compendium of information...it is enlightening to have a wide-angle lens turned on this epic, to see a picture of the whole." -"Arts Critic Atlanta"

Praise for Henry Louis Gates's Life Upon These Shores

"A distinguished scholar surveys, with lavish illustrations, 500 years of the African-American experience. . . . From the conquistadors and the origins of slavery, through the Revolutionary period, the rise of abolitionism, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, the Great Migration, both World Wars and the 20th century civil-rights movement, up to President Obama's election, the supremely qualified Gates guides us through centuries of history . . . stunning illustrations . . . striking, comprehensive." -Kirkus Reviews
"You can't beat the fresh and heady scholarship of Life Upon These Shores...Challenging the notion of a single 'Black Experience, ' Gates contextualizes his narrative with more than 800 images and doesn't duck controversy." -Library Journal
"Gates documents the famous, the obscure, and the long forgotten...[A] chronicle of the pressing issues and events of each generation and the incredible diversity covered by the appellation African American. A tour de force." -Booklist
"Meticulously researched...a book that truly celebrates the resilience and achievements of African-Americans." -BlackAmericaWeb.com
"Gates avoids cliche, meticulously illuminating the influence and contributions of Blacks in America: from African conquistadors to the election of President Barack Obama. This ambitious title redefines the relevancy of the past to our lives." -Uptown Magazine
"[Life Upon These Shores] would make an excellent addition to a home or school. In fact, if you're feeling generous this season, pick one up and donate it to the middle school library nearest you." -Journal Sentinel
"Compiled with rigorous ambition and scholarship by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this book weaves nearly 900 images and reams of clear-eyed storytelling into an extraordinary chronology. Not only does a breathtaking range of African-American expression and experience emerge, a portrait of independence, fortitude and deep faith--the essence of American life--comes shining through." -NPR (Best Gift Books of 2012)
"an excellent example of Gates's ability to maintain high standards of scholarship while making a broad, dense subject accessible to a modern audience...A remarkable accomplishment that should endure through many editions. Highly recommended." -Choice

"Reading Life Upon These Shores is like walking through history one day at a time. The rich content of this book pulls the reader in many different directions, and yet Mr. Gates keeps the direction focused...With each new story we sit at Mr. Gate's feet, rest our chin in our hands, and listen and learn...Mr. Gates makes us richer with the knowledge of what went before--and what can be in the future." -New York Journal of Books
"This is not a book to plunk down on the coffee table and flip through on occasion. It deserves to be read and read closely, short essay by short essay." -Philly Online
"[Gates] tells things the way they were, not the way we would like them to be...This book pulls together a valuable account of the African-American experience upon these shores. It is worth a read by all Americans who want to learn where we have been as a nation." -Houston Chronicle

"A stupendous undertaking...a cornucopia of riches...conceptualized and executed with loving care and rigorous intellectual grounding." -Counterpunch
"An amazing compendium of information...it is enlightening to have a wide-angle lens turned on this epic, to see a picture of the whole." -Arts Critic Atlanta

About the Author

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is editor in chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center and of the daily online magazine The Root. He has received more than forty honorary degrees from institutions the world over.


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If you love this book; you will also like 'They don't want us here' by Kevin Watson. It is based on a true story set in England where the author has gone through his own middle passage. It makes painful reading while reminding us that little has changed where racism is concerned! You owe it to yourself to get this book if you enjoyed .

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The writer has kept diaries on his experiences while living under Bromford Housing Association. What could only be described as a slow psychological hanging where each day he was subjected to harassment, which finally led to arson attempt on his life and property by his white neighbours. The racism he experienced became tucked under carpet by Bromford Housing Association

Eventually after years of hell and endurance; he was only free from this nightmare hell because his neighbour was put into prison for nearly four years after trying to set fire to his flat. Kevin contacted the black 'Voice' newspaper who ran an article. now Bromford Housing Association had nothing to lose! how dare he contact the voice newspaper exposing this racist institution?

Kevin Watson thought his nightmare was over; but it was only just beginning! Bromford had moved racist neighbours who would continue this reign of terror; but only this time; slowly torturing Kevin to the point of hopelessness, and thoughts of suicide!

In the end what could only be described as provocative and racially motivated; Bromford created situations where they conspired with Kevin’s racist neighbours in which to drive him finally out of his home!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Addition to the Home Library 19 Nov. 2014
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You really don't know American history and culture until you've read "Life Upon These Shores" by Henry Louis Gates Jr. My father used to say most people in America that identify or lay claim as Americans are "like house renters pretending they're owners." Dr. Gates' latest historical masterpiece lays out a far fuller history about America's legacy and identity through the 500-year journey and investment of African Americans on this continent. Regardless of any individual American's ethnic or cultural background, there is a rich amount of factual content and context that renders a more accurate and truer picture of America's identity through the history of the people that mostly built, shaped, sacrificed, strengthened and still sustain it -- despite over 250 years of brutal enslavement. After reading this book, you also can't avoid comprehending the global impact (beyond patriotism, inventions, civil rights, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Hip Hop, and a growing $1.1 trillion Black American consumer GDP) of the African American experience on popular and social cultures that have come in contact with America. As such, an excellent companion to this book is "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" by Dr. Gates and Dr. Donald Yacovone -- based on the engaging PBS series. I'll be buying the DVD version on Amazon too. No doubt, "Life Upon These Shores" is a historical source that will stand the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! 1 Feb. 2017
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Wonderful book!!! I love African American history books. The content of this book is most important but the beautiful pictures help one to visualize the story that is being told. I would recommend this book to those who love history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It should be in every African American household. 29 Mar. 2016
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Great book on information and kind of like a reference book. It is very thorough. I am learning way more about my history than I ever did in all my years in school. This book should be in every African American household.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Scope! 3 Jan. 2017
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A must have for every classroom in America, not to mention every home. This book is amazing in its scope and impeccable in its historical accuracy. Truly demonstrates how and why Black history is American history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!!!!! 20 Mar. 2015
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. ---- A huge hit yet again!!! I purchased the hardback,..incredible photographs on quality glossy paper... amazing details of excluded American history. Brilliant ...now a treasure for my entire family. Wonderful and wonderfully done.
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