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A Historical Perspective of African AmericansEdited by Bridget R. Cooks
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A Historical Perspective of African Americans

(Revised Edition)
Edited by Bridget R. Cooks

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-93555-118-8, 396 pages

©2011

A Historical Perspective of African Americans is a critical anthology of classic essays, primary documents, interviews, and contemporary analyses of the history and culture of people of African descent in the United States. A readable and engaging alternative to the standard African American studies textbook, the book incorporates multiple perspectives from specialists in the fields of history, literature, philosophy, art history, political science, ethnic studies, and African American Studies. The combination of these scholarly works with excerpts from slave narratives, and ethnic and mainstream press articles conveys the triumphs and struggles of African Americans from the colonial era through the 1960s.

The anthology begins with the history of the discipline of African American Studies, and offers an overview of the historical significance and meaning of the academic study of African American life. Subsequent essays are organized chronologically. Collected from historians, scholars, activists, source experts, and many others, these selections demonstrate the complexity of African American lives. In addition, film recommendations throughout the book provide opportunities to extend and deepen student understanding.

The collection focuses especially on strategies of Black resistance to marginalization, disenfranchisement, and genocide, and is a critical work of scholarship for students and readers interested in understanding the African American people and their crucial journey of survival and persistence.


A Historical Perspective of African Americans is part of a two book series specifically developed for African American studies programs. The other book in this series is:

Racial Theories in Context, edited by Jared Sexton

Biography
Bridget R. Cooks is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and the African American Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine. Her scholarship focuses on critical race theory, art history, and American museums.