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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.
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
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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.

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