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From "Superman" to Man

4.66  ·  Rating Details ·  145 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Joel Augustus Roger's seminal work, this novel first published in 1917 is a polemic against the ignorance that fuels racism. The central plot revolves around a debate between a Pullman porter and a white racist Southern politician.
Hardcover, 130 pages
Published September 9th 1957 by Amereon Limited (first published June 1st 1941)
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Jonah G
Aug 26, 2010 Jonah G rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-studies
This book should be required 5th grade and/or middle school reading. Rogers, being a scholar, a historian, and a great writer creates a history text written in novel form. He creates a scenario about two gentlemen, one white the other black,discussing stereotypes common to that era on a train ride. With each stereotype asked about, the black gentlemen replies with a historical, scientific, anthropological, or statistical rebuttal that debunks the myth. This book is wonderful for children to get ...more
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Oct 16, 2014 Kyle Chan rated it really liked it
The first part is where I summarize the story, but don't give away the ending.

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Jul 17, 2012 Mastish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read book on Race. Brief yet comprehensive thoughts that show how American conceptions of the sources of racial prejudice are plain stupid as well as insanely inaccurate. Read!
Jerald Andrew
Jul 03, 2013 Jerald Andrew rated it it was amazing
Should be mandatory reading for every young man growing up in the 'hood. Pride inspiring!
Sep 16, 2010 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Pamela by: Andrew
"From Superman to Man" by J.A. Rogers was okay. One of my cousins is really into the history of African-Americans and suggested that I read it...this was one of those books that I had to have a dictionary to get through, but, for the most part, the content provided was very insightful. I awarded it three stars because it wasn't a subject I was interested in, and the content did not hold my interest, but "From Superman to Man" by J.A. Rogers was nicely written...
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Jun 15, 2015 Cee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Commentary

While the rhetoric or better yet discourse on race here is fascinating, there is not much of a story. What is here, though, is heart-wrenching, informative, and necessary.
Saleem Little
Aug 03, 2012 Saleem Little rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wise mind can channel intellect regardless of insult. It was a brilliant book that brought the superior idea to ruin showing the similarities in all races. Still one of my favorite books.
Jul 22, 2015 Wash rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book. J.A. Rogers is a master, and this book is as relevant today as it was when first published. Should be required reading, and should be much more widely available.
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Joel Augustus Rogers was a Jamaican-American author, journalist, and historian who contributed to the history of Africa and the African diaspora, especially the history of African Americans in the United States. His research spanned the academic fields of history, sociology and anthropology. He challenged prevail
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