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Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race From 4500 B.C. To 2000 A.D.

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A widely read classic exposition of the history of Africans on the continent—and the people of African descent in the United States and in the diaspora—this well researched analysis details the development of civiliza
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Third World Press (first published 1971)
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Jul 22, 2009 Deirdrie rated it it was amazing
This is a VERY informative book that takes you through the history of the various dynasties and transitions of power between the races. It sheds light on the luxurious lifestyle that black people/people of color and their mixed progeny enjoyed for so many years before their demise. It, also, describes how the life of the Egyptian lived many years ago and how the lightening and darkening of the races came about. It is so very interesting that anyone can and will enjoy learning from it.
Craig Cunningham
Jun 30, 2010 Craig Cunningham rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant book. I love reading Chancellor Williams. The Destruction of Black Civilization provides the blue print and the analysis from which the African Diaspora may reach and find the strength for positive self development. The book employs the use of focussing on great civilizations as an impetus for returning to pride in the African culture. I am using this book in my Africa American History class, because African American students must realize the brilliant and intellectual struct ...more
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Aug 17, 2010 Desera Favors rated it it was amazing
Habeeb Akande
Jul 07, 2012 Habeeb Akande rated it did not like it
Book contains many historical inaccuracies and seems to be written with more emotion than factual evidence. The book has some interesting points nevertheless.
Betelihem Zelealem
Apr 30, 2013 Betelihem Zelealem rated it did not like it
Books like this are not historical. Cool if you want to feel good. And considering the terrible condition of African people, some just want answers outside of facts--then this book will fill your socks. But you have to ask yourself seriously now, is that all you want. This is the age of plurality of knowledge. It rejects egocentric universalism and exclusivism in the study of history.In our age we need to demonstrates that the methodology and tools that we employ are above those the colonialist ...more
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James Green
Oct 29, 2012 James Green rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get through this wonderfully written work. I particularly like the story of Ann Nzinga and her stuggle against the Portuguese; very inspiring historical figure. I dont wanna say too much without spoiling the reading. The strategies used to conquer parts of the African nation by the europeans and the Arab invaders were interesting and diabolical; to be able to turn a people against themselves without ever having to step on the battlefield.

The book ends with a plan that inclu
Apr 04, 2013 Uptownbookwormnyc rated it liked it
Outdated, of course but very interesting historically, the perspective a strong voice in the (then) developing field of black studies that came out of the cultural revolution of the 60s & 70s. I'm not familiar enough with the particularities of ancient African history to have any comment on factual accuracy. Lump summing all the different African peoples under the label of black (vs. eurasian whites) was annoying. A particularly interesting point was made about the hemming in of Africans off ...more
Khemauset Ankh
Oct 31, 2011 Khemauset Ankh rated it really liked it
Another treasure trove of information about the history of West Africa this time. Informative, enlightening mind-blowing even if this info is new to you and even if it's not. Might want to read it over and over so that you can keep the information in your head.
Jul 29, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it
this book is a powerful over view of what has happened. some parts are simplistic but the general idea is stunning. the blueprint at the end gives you resolve and really lets you see the political nature of everything.
Matthew Joseph
Dec 28, 2012 Matthew Joseph rated it it was amazing
you will learn more from reading this book than you will in your 20+ years of going to school
Aug 19, 2012 Kwende rated it it was amazing
A history of the war against the African people. The most important book you will ever read.
Tony Lindsay
Mar 13, 2013 Tony Lindsay rated it really liked it
keep an open mind and read to the end
Jun 24, 2012 Kyoka rated it really liked it
This is a very good reference book!!! If you are studying black history this is a very good book to start off with.
Aug 05, 2011 Ayiticherie rated it liked it
Shelves: black-history
This is an important book. Not an easy read at all but answers the question as to why those that are of African descent are such in a fragmented state.
Feb 23, 2009 Murvin rated it liked it
A very good place to begin ones study of Black History.
Jun 06, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, I'd say. This was clearly an important work that paved the way for many other historians to discuss issues. World (and specifically African) historians owe a great debt to Chancellor Williams for challenging the dominate position of history and doing a lot of groundbreaking work to begin the hard process of setting some of the record straight. Of course, history is always a work in progress, but in Africa in particular, a lot of progress has been stymied by chance and by willful destr ...more
Sep 20, 2013 Frank rated it it was amazing
i am currently reading this book. I have to say it is just amazing what europeans did to Africa. This book fills in a lot of historical holes for me. I can say that i have been mis-educated in the American education system. People condemned books like this because they have something to hide, otherwise they wouldn't spend so much time trying to discredit truth. I know that in all books there is bias but the wouldn't stop me from reading them. Somewhere between bias vs bias is the truth. This boo ...more
Kristen Nichole
Mar 09, 2014 Kristen Nichole rated it really liked it
A very good read. If you're interested in life before the enslavement of Africans, this is for'll have to get past the author's angry voice though. There is presence of bias, however it's very informative.
Phillip Boyd
Dec 31, 2012 Phillip Boyd rated it it was amazing
Must read!
Sep 03, 2008 Nathan rated it liked it
Long hard read. Slow but had some interesting notions
Rafael Perez
Jul 21, 2013 Rafael Perez rated it it was amazing
great for our youth
Mar 01, 2009 Nice rated it it was amazing
One of those great books of the African-American tradition that is little know within and without the African-American tradition. A must read for may serious student of West African History.
Patrick Miller
Great book to Read....
Nov 25, 2007 Erica rated it it was amazing
Eye opening.
Jeff Allen
This is a very informative book I read it a few years back it caught my attention from the first page until the end.I never new that we had black powerful women just as powerful as the black men at that time some women where even more powerful then some of the men.and they don't talk about these woman in are history books
Though a historian by trade, this work is actually more accurately described as a treatise on Africana Social Theory (AST). It is an important work for anyone studying AST or Afrocentric thought. As a work of AST it lays out a very important analysis of what the author calls "African constitutional democracy" and the role adherence to, and movement away from this central politico-economic discourse has played in strengthening and weakening African civilization throughout its history. As a work o ...more
Nnamdi Azikiwe
I first learned of this book in the early 1990s. It was part of the reading list for an organization I had joined named the Eye of Ra African Sorority and Fraternity.

I had never heard of the book or Dr. Chancellor Williams before. It's a page turner. I remember reading it like I was eating food...for the mind, body and spirit. Everything it talks about from the history of Africa to how Dr. Williams came to write the book and how it was written after he began losing his eyesight shows that it wil
May 25, 2016 Brent rated it really liked it
1/2 way through. I like this. I find myself doubting a lot, and hating myself and my white education for doubting. It makes me angry that we just destroyed something so wonderful. Why do we always destroy what we envy, or do not understand. When I was a child, I used to say to my mom, "The boys at school call me a sissy and are mean to me." She always said, "Ignore them, they're jealous."

I used to think, and still do to some degree, "What an idiot! The school quarterback jealous of me?!" Now, ho
James R. C.
The Holte award for a book on Africa, begun in 1979, is given every two years ''for a work of excellence in literature and the humanities relating to the cultural heritage of Africa and the African diaspora.'' Chancellor Williams, the historian, received the first prize for his analysis of Africa, ''The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race From 4500 B.C. to A.D. 2000 [New York Times, Books, March 8, 1981].''

“For generations, Memphis was almost entirely an all-African city, w
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Dr. Chancellor Williams was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in Education and Master of Arts degree in history from Howard University. He studied abroad serving as a visiting research scholar at the Unversity of Oxford in England and at the University of London.

Chancellor Williams began field research in African History in Ghana (University College) in 19
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