The African American National Biography
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The African American National Biography : 8 Volume Set

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An eight-volume reference set containing over 4,000 entries written and signed by distinguished scholars and under the direction of Editors in Chief Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the African American National Biography is the most significant and expansive compilation of black lives in print today. This landmark scholarly reference work will present history through the lives of its people, profiling many well-known individuals but also many names largely lost or forgotten over time. Covering the full panoply of life for almost five centuries (from the arrival of Esteban in Spanish Florida in 1528 to notable black citizens of the present day), this major reference project collects and resurrects the lives of thousands of African Americans revealing an intimate and textured history. The individuals in these biographical entries (both alive and deceased) are slaves and abolitionists; writers; politicians and business people; musicians and dancers; artists and athletes; victims of injustice and the lawyers, journalists, and civil right leaders who gave them a voice. Their experiences and accomplishments each provided a piece of the collective biographical history of African Americans in America. Finally, through the AANB, these important lives and contributions have been restored and recorded and made accessible to all students, teachers, scholars, and anyone interested in African American history.show more

Product details

  • Multiple copy pack | 5568 pages
  • 254 x 457.2 x 220.98mm | 11,906.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1000 black and white illustrations
  • 0195160193
  • 9780195160192

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-A powerful testament to our intelligence, integrity and commitment to excellence, traits often ignored by mainstream historians....This reference collection is a must-have for your library.- --Essence-Blows the dust off Black History Month.---Newsweek-[A] Massive new biographical treasure chest.- --Washington Post-Impressive....a major new standard reference work that most libraries of any size will want to have.---Booklist, starred review-Another major reference work that will add luster to Oxford University Press's reputation for serious scholarship. Given the set's obvious quality, the inclusiveness of its coverage, and the importance of African American Biography as a reflection of American history, libraries of all types would be wise to consider it.---Against the Grain-Comprehensive....Ambitious---MSNBC.com-I have always admired the great work of Editor-in-Chief, Henry Louis Gates. The volumes will remain among my treasured displays.---Linda Johnson Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Publishing Company-This set, a monumental creation, is now the definitive black biographical database....Either the print or the online version should be a crucial purchase....Highly recommended. All levels.---CHOICE "A powerful testament to our intelligence, integrity and commitment to excellence, traits often ignored by mainstream historians....This reference collection is a must-have for your library." --Essence"Blows the dust off Black History Month."--Newsweek"[A] Massive new biographical treasure chest." --Washington Post"Impressive....a major new standard reference work that most libraries of any size will want to have."--Booklist, starred review"Another major reference work that will add luster to Oxford University Press's reputation for serious scholarship. Given the set's obvious quality, the inclusiveness of its coverage, and the importance of African American Biography as a reflection of American history, libraries of all types would be wise to consider it."--Against the Grain"Comprehensive....Ambitious"--MSNBC.com"I have always admired the great work of Editor-in-Chief, Henry Louis Gates. The volumes will remain among my treasured displays."--Linda Johnson Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Publishing Company"This set, a monumental creation, is now the definitive black biographical database....Either the print or the online version should be a crucial purchase....Highly recommended. All levels."--CHOICE "A powerful testament to our intelligence, integrity and commitment to excellence, traits often ignored by mainstream historians....This reference collection is a must-have for your library." --Essence"Blows the dust off Black History Month."--Newsweek"[A] Massive new biographical treasure chest." --Washington Post"Impressive....a major new standard reference work that most libraries of any size will want to have."--Booklist, starred review"Another major reference work that will add luster to Oxford University Press's reputation for serious scholarship. Given the set's obvious quality, the inclusiveness of its coverage, and the importance of African American Biography as a reflection of American history, libraries of all types would be wise to consider it."--Against the Grain"Comprehensive....Ambitious"--MSNBC.com"I have always admired the great work of Editor-in-Chief, Henry Louis Gates. The volumes will remain among my treasured displays."--Linda Johnson Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Publishing Company"This set, a monumental creation, is now the definitive black biographical database....Either the print or the online version should be a crucial purchase....Highly recommended. All levels."--CHOICE "A powerful testament to our intelligence, integrity and commitment to excellence, traits often ignored by mainstream historians....This reference collection is a must-have for your library." --Essence "Blows the dust off Black History Month."--Newsweek "[A] Massive new biographical treasure chest." --Washington Post "Impressive....a major new standard reference work that most libraries of any size will want to have."--Booklist, starred review "Another major reference work that will add luster to Oxford University Press's reputation for serious scholarship. Given the set's obvious quality, the inclusiveness of its coverage, and the importance of African American Biography as a reflection of American history, libraries of all types would be wise to consider it."--Against the Grain "Comprehensive....Ambitious"--MSNBC.com "I have always admired the great work of Editor-in-Chief, Henry Louis Gates. The volumes will remain among my treasured displays."--Linda Johnson Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Publishing Company "This set, a monumental creation, is now the definitive black biographical database....Either the print or the online version should be a crucial purchase....Highly recommended. All levels."--CHOICE "A powerful testament to our intelligence, integrity and commitment to excellence, traits often ignored by mainstream historians....This reference collection is a must-have for your library."--Essence"Blows the dust off Black History Month."--Newsweek"[A] Massive new biographical treasure chest." --Washington Post"Another major reference work that will add luster to Oxford University Press's reputation for serious scholarship. Given the set's obvious quality, the inclusiveness of its coverage, and the importance of African American Biography as a reflection of American history, libraries of all types wouldbe wise to consider it."--Against the Grain"Comprehensive....Ambitious"--MSNBC.com"I have always admired the great work of Editor-in-Chief, Henry Louis Gates. The volumes will remain among my treasured displays."--Linda Johnson Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Publishing Company"This set, a monumental creation, is now the definitive black biographical database....Either the print or the online version should be a crucial purchase....Highly recommended. All levels."--CHOICEshow more

About Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham is Professor of History and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University and editor of The Harvard Guide to African American History.show more

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