• Before the Mayflower

  • A History of Black America
  • By: Lerone Bennett
  • Narrated by: John Ridle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The black experience in America - starting from its origins in western Africa up to 1961 - is examined in this seminal study from a prominent African American figure. The entire historical timeline of African Americans is addressed, from the Colonial period through the civil rights upheavals of the late 1950s to 1961, the time of publication.

Before the Mayflower grew out of a series of articles Bennett published in Ebony magazine, regarding "the trials and triumphs of a group of Americans whose roots in the American soil are deeper than the roots of the Puritans who arrived on the celebrated Mayflower a year after a Dutch man of war deposited twenty Negroes at Jamestown."

Bennett's history is infused with a desire to set the record straight about black contributions to the Americas and about the powerful Africans of antiquity. While not a fresh history, it provides a solid synthesis of current historical research and a lively writing style that makes it accessible and engaging listening.

After discussing the contributions of Africans to the ancient world, Before the Mayflower tells the history of "the other Americans", how they came to America, and what happened to them when they got here.

The book is comprehensive and detailed, providing little-known and often overlooked facts about the lives of black folks through slavery, Reconstruction, America's wars, the Great Depression, and the civil rights movement. The book includes a useful time line and some fascinating archival images.

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Very informative, worth listening to thrice..

Glad to have added this to my bibliography....

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Demythologize the American Curriculum

The taught narrative of American history has done an egregious injury to not just that history but to our very humanity. This treatise opens up so many additional narratives and could completely change the game.

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Thorough and Insightful

This book was recommended as a starting place for understanding the African American struggle and sentiment. I think this is a comprehensive read full of little known characters and surprising statistics. It should make you curious about aspects of history you maybe didn't know much about and bring up questions worth exploring.

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Recommendation

This book should apart of the History Curriculum from Middle School to High School.

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Misleading title

The first chapter talks about pre mayflower African American experience but after that, it's honestly just a timeline of our experience here in America. All in all I would still recommend reading it though

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Read it in college. even better the 2nd time

Great flow and story telling. So much information but well presented. Not overwhelming This is American history

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Revisit

I absolutely enjoyed the book on audiobook. I first read the book in high school in the 1960’s. The re listened as a mature aged man really impacted how I see America in the 21st century

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A look deeper

This book went beyond the superficial teaching of school system in our country . This is a very insightful book of what was really happening in the lives of black and white people.

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History of the Negro/Black in America.

Excellent information on the Black race.. Truethful honest accounts. I recommend Black folks to read this book
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EXCELLENT READ!

This book is a MUST READ for those of us who experience the ugly, demeaning, degrading, covert and overt acts of shame and disgrace and the white generations who bare upon their shoulders this burdensome institution, called racism. Remove the topic of the African/Negro from this book and it becomes a glaring light on White History. Beyond the struggles, successes, regression and current triumphs of Black Americans, this book offers a hard look into the mirror, which MUST be done, for present day Anlgo-Americans. After reading this book, one can no longer lay hold to ignorance. This book challenges all men/women of conscious; to fight against comforts and norms to create a new society or re-establish the old by doing nothing. Through the recounts of history laid out in this book, we know who THEY were, after this book we will know WHO YOU ARE...and someone will always be there to tell the story.


The information in this book was mind-blowing, the narration well done, and the truths were both liberating and gripping.