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Black AF history : the un-whitewashed story of America  Cover Image Book Book

Black AF history : the un-whitewashed story of America

Harriot, Michael (author.).

Summary: "From acclaimed columnist and political commentator Michael Harriot, a searingly smart and bitingly hilarious retelling of American history that corrects the record and showcases the perspectives and experiences of Black Americans. America's backstory is a whitewashed mythology implanted in our collective memory. It is the story of the pilgrims on the Mayflower building a new nation. It is George Washington's cherry tree and Abraham Lincoln's log cabin. It is the fantastic tale of slaves that spontaneously teleported themselves here with nothing but strong backs and negro spirituals. It is a sugarcoated legend based on an almost true story. It should come as no surprise that the dominant narrative of American history is blighted with errors and oversights--after all, history books were written by white men with their perspectives at the forefront. It could even be said that the devaluation and erasure of the Black experience is as American as apple pie. In Black AF History, Michael Harriot presents a more accurate version of American history. Combining unapologetically provocative storytelling with meticulous research based on primary sources as well as the work of pioneering Black historians, scholars, and journalists, Harriot removes the white sugarcoating from the American story, placing Black people squarely at the center. With incisive wit, Harriot speaks hilarious truth to oppressive power, subverting conventional historical narratives with little-known stories about the experiences of Black Americans. From the African Americans who arrived before 1619 to the unenslavable bandit who inspired America's first police force, this long overdue corrective provides a revealing look into our past that is as urgent as it is necessary. For too long, we have refused to acknowledge that American history is white history. Not this one. This history is Black AF"--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780358621294
  • ISBN: 0358621291
  • ISBN: 0358439167
  • ISBN: 9780358439165
  • Physical Description: 426 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
    regular print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : DeySt., an imprint of William Morrow, [2023]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 386-415) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Earth, Wind, and America -- The church fight that started slavery -- The world, recentered -- Survival and resistance : the Black American revolution -- Drapetomaniacs : get free or die trying -- The Negro, spiritual -- The Black emancipation proclamation : a poem -- Construction -- Something else -- Whites gone wild : Uncle Rob explains "separate but equal" -- So devilish a fire : the Black women who started the civil rights movement -- The race war III : the conspiracy theory that was true -- Thug life : the other civil rights movement -- The great white heist -- The race of politics : Uncle Rob explains the two-party system -- Homework.
Subject: États-Unis Relations raciales Histoire
États-Unis Histoire
Noirs américains Histoire
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
HISTORY / African American & Black
United States
Race relations
African Americans
United States Historiography
United States Race relations History
United States History
African Americans Political activity
African Americans Civil rights
African Americans Social conditions
African Americans History
Genre: Informational works.

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