Still I Rise : A Graphic History of African Americans
"Still I Rise" is a critically acclaimed work with an impressive scope: the entire history of Black America, told in an accessible graphic-novel form. Updated from its original version--which ended with the Million Man March--it now extends from the early days of colonial slavery right through to Barack Obama's groundbreaking presidential campaign. Compared by many to Art Spiegelman's "Maus," "Still I Rise" is a breathtaking achievement that celebrates the collective African-American memory, imagination, and spirit.
- Paperback | 220 pages
- 155 x 224 x 23mm | 376g
- 03 Feb 2009
- New York, NY, United States
- Frontispiece; Line drawings, black and white
Back cover copy
In Still I Rise, Roland Laird and Elihu Bey take the form to another level, using cartoons to tell the rich history of the achievements, struggles, hopes, suffering, and triumphs of people of African descent in America. Beginning with the arrival of the first African indentured servants in the colonies, and culminating in the Million Man March, Still I Rise brings to light many surprising and little-known facts of American history, making the book a joy to both those who thought they knew it all already and those learning history for the first time. As National Book Award winner Charles Johnson points out in his introduction, the history of African American cartooning is itself a vibrant one, and almost unknown. Still I Rise is a great contribution. An inspiring tribute to all the Americans of African descent who have built, defended, challenged, and re-created these United States, it not only tells history, it makes history.