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  • 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro | Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    100 Amazing Facts About the Negro

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henry Louis Gates Jr.
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
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    With élan and erudition - and with winning enthusiasm - Henry Louis Gates Jr. gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Rogers' work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African, diasporic, and African American history in question-and-answer format. Among the 100 questions: Who were Africa's first ambassadors to Europe? Who was the first black president in North America? Did Lincoln really free the slaves? Who was history's wealthiest person? What percentage of white Americans have recent African ancestry?

  • The History the Slaveholders Wanted Us to Forget | Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    The History the Slaveholders Wanted Us to Forget

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    • By Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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    Trevor-Roper was echoing an idea that goes back at least to the early 19th century. But it wasn’t always this way. When the young Prince Cosimo de Medici (1590-1621) was being tutored to become the Duke of Tuscany — about the time that Shakespeare was writing “Hamlet” — he was asked to memorize a “summary of world leaders” that included Álvaro II, the King of Kongo, along with the Mutapa Empire and the mythical “Prester John” of Ethiopia. Soon, however, even that level of knowledge about African history would be rare.

    "The History the Slaveholders Wanted Us to Forget" is from the February 05, 2017 Opinions section of The New York Times. It was written by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

  • The Bondwoman's Narrative | Hannah Crafts,edited by Henry Louis Gates

    The Bondwoman's Narrative

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    • By Hannah Crafts, edited by Henry Louis Gates
    • Narrated By Anna Deavere Smith
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    An unprecedented historical and literary event, this tale written in the 1850s is the only known novel by a female African American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere. A work recently uncovered by renowned scholar and professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it is a stirring tale of "passing" and the adventures of a young slave as she makes her way to freedom.

    Hilary says: "Poor reading of an important book"
  • In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past | Henry Louis Gates

    In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past

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    • By Henry Louis Gates
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
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    More than a work of history, In Search of Our Roots is a book of revelatory importance that, for the first time, brings to light the lives of ordinary men and women who, by courageous example, blazed a path for their famous descendants.

    JA says: "I recommend this book highly"
  • Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series | Henry Louis Gates

    Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Henry Louis Gates
    • Narrated By Bill Andrew Quinn
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    The fundamental drive to answer these questions is at the heart of Finding Your Roots, the companion book to the hit PBS documentary series. As Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. shows us, the tools ofcutting-edge genomics and deep genealogical research now allow us to learn more about our roots, looking further back in time than ever before. Gates' investigations take on the personal and genealogical histories of more than twenty luminaries.

  • Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own | Henry Louis Gates

    Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henry Louis Gates
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
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    Finding Oprah's Roots will not only endow listeners with a new appreciation for the key contributions made by history's unsung heroes but also equip them with the tools to connect to pivotal figures in their own pasts. A roadmap through the intricacies of public documents and online databases, this audiobook also highlights genetic testing resources that can make it possible to know one's distant tribal roots in Africa.

    ButterLegume says: "We all have roots."
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