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African American Lives
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

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    List Price: $75.00
    Format: Hardcover, 1025 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780195160246
    Imprint: Oxford University Press
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Parent Company: University of Oxford
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    Book Description:African American Lives offers up-to-date, authoritative biographies of some 600 noteworthy African Americans. These 1,000-3,000 word biographies, selected from over five thousand entries in the forthcoming eight-volume African American National Biography, illuminate African-American history
    through the immediacy of individual experience. From Esteban, the earliest known African to set foot in North America in 1528, right up to the continuing careers of Venus and Serena Williams, these stories of the renowned and the near forgotten give us a new view of American history. Our past is
    revealed from personal perspectives that in turn inspire, move, entertain, and even infuriate the reader. Subjects include slaves and abolitionists, writers, politicians, and business people, musicians and dancers, artists and athletes, victims of injustice and the lawyers, journalists, and civil
    rights leaders who gave them a voice. Their experiences and accomplishments combine to expose the complexity of race as an overriding issue in America’s past and present.

    African American Lives features frequent cross-references among related entries, over 300 illustrations, and a general index, supplemented by indexes organized by chronology, occupation or area of renown, and winners of particular honors such as the Spingarn Medal, Nobel Prize, and Pulitzer
    Prize.



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