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Double Heritage: A Memoir
Double Heritage: A Memoir
by Jacob Ukunoritsemofe Gordon
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"My pursuit of the American dream was guided by hard work, faith and motivation from within—my two souls in my African black body. For me, both souls reinforced each other, I feel my twoness. In my twoness the American dream and the African reality has become one as the American original sin remains a major challenge for future generations of Africans seeking the American Dream." —Jacob Ukunoritsemofe Gordon


African Presidential Leadership: Selected Case Studies
African Presidential Leadership: Selected Case Studies
Jacob U'Mofe Gordon and Stephen Owoahene-Acheampong, Editors
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This volume is a product of the African Presidential Papers and Libraries (APPL) project. The project was funded by the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) headquartered in Dakar, Senegal and was undertaken by co-authors of the volume. The primary objective of the project was to develop African presidential papers and libraries for the study of African leadership and governance. The focus of this volume is to document the reflections of Africans on their leaders. Ten leaders were selected from 10 African countries.


Black Africa's Largest Islamic Kingdom Before Colonialism: Royal Ribats Of Kano And Sokoto
Black Africa's Largest Islamic Kingdom Before Colonialism: Royal Ribats Of Kano And Sokoto
by John Philips
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The Nineteenth Century A.D. constituted an epoch in the history of bilad al-Sudan. It ushered in remarkable political, administrative, economic and cultural transformations in the region. These developments were triggered by the activities of a learned scholar, Shaykh Usman Dan Folio. He along with the aid of his able lieutenants: his brother, Abdullah Dan Folio, and his son, Muhammad Bello, succeeded in establishing the largest polity in Tropical Africa in the period.


Neither Black nor White: The Saga of an American Family By Joseph E. Holloway
Neither Black nor White: The Saga of an American Family
By Joseph E. Holloway
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This is a historical novel, which traces the history of the Hadnot family from Gloucester, England in 1585 to New Orleans with the birth of Lucille Catherine (Celia) Hughes-Hadnot, the matriarch of six families—Briggs, Davis, Daniels, Douglas, Hadnot and Torry. It is the true story of a Black family, who were never enslaved, but owners of slaves; a tale of a people, who regarded themselves as “neither black nor white.” It is a story of a family—one black and the other white, but related by a common ancestor by the name of John Hadnot. This novel by historian Joseph E. Holloway is compelling reading, which explores black culture, history, Jim Crow as well as issues of colorism from the history of an American family in transition from white to black.


Black Slave Masters Revisited By Joseph Holloway
Black Slave Masters Revisited
By Joseph Holloway
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This book focuses on a select group of Black slaveowners and free Black communities in Virginia, South Carolina and Louisiana. It examines briefly the free African Americans between 1790 and the start of the Civil War. By 1820, 233,504 free African Americans were spread throughout the country. By 1860, there were 488,070 free Blacks, with 47.3 percent of the free Blacks living in cities with populations of more than 100,000. 62.5 percent of free Blacks lived in the cities rather than in rural areas.


Not Black, Not White: The Politics of Apartheid in South Africa
Not Black, Not White: The Politics of Apartheid in South Africa
By Steve Farrah
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Steve Farrah shows what it is to be neither nor in the bad old days of South Africa’s apartheid regime. This memoir speaks for so-called Colored, who sought to carve out their identity while the struggle raged between the majority of Black Africans and the minority with European ancestry. When I taught African history in Lesotho and South Africa, Colored students stood up boldly and asked Who am I? Who are we? Farrah give them voice. Anyone who wishes to understand today’s complex South African nation and society should read this book.


Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles by Paul Von Blum
Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles
by Paul Von Blum
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Paul Von Blum's Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles extends the opportunity for scholarship on African American art in greater Los Angeles. This volume focuses on 21 contemporary Los Angeles-area visual artists who have made the region a premier center for African American art. Following the format of my earlier volume, each artist has an entire chapter devoted to his or her life and work. The chapters consist of approximately 3000-4000 words and have 6 representative artistic illustrations covering the major themes and styles of each artist's career. Each chapter combines biographical content and artist analysis, focusing on the larger tradition of African American visual art from the early 20th century to the present.


A History of Slave Resistance in the United States by Joseph E. Holloway
A History of Slave Resistance in the United States
by Joseph E. Holloway
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The purpose of this new book by Joseph E. Holloway is to provide a comprehensive examination of slave resistances, including enslaved African resistance on board slave ships, and in the United States. This new book makes an important and valuable educational contribution to our understanding of how slave actions contributed to changes in the laws governing African Americans. This book makes available new information for teachers, scholars and the general public on the role that enslaved Africans played in the making of America through their struggles and sacrifices for freedom. Enslaved Africans resisted throughout the transatlantic slave trade; they resisted slavery from its inception in the New World, particularly the United States in the early 1600s to the end of the middle 1800s.



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