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There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America

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This is the story of the violation of Black Africa and the bondage of its peoples in another land. Harding resurrects forgotten heroes and traces the struggle of their descendants to keep the spirit and dreams of an uprooted people alive.
Paperback, 472 pages
Published January 15th 1993 by Mariner Books (first published October 1981)
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Hannah Notess
I chose this book because it was at the top of the #CharlestonSyllabus page (, and I recognized the author's name as being the Mennonite pastor who helped Martin Luther King Jr. write his anti-Vietnam speech. Turns out that Vincent Harding was not only all those things but also a historian and an excellent writer. Given that this book wades through a significant amount of American history, beginning with the start of the transatlantic slave trade and cont ...more
Oct 28, 2007 Bill rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone who's interested in American History. Along with Howard Zinn, I'd say, this really will change the way you look at our history.
Jan 09, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Wow. Amazing! Harding's book is the harrowing story of the Black freedom struggle from the beginnings of slavery through to Reconstruction. The figure of the river of struggle allows him to reveal not just the main "crests" of the struggle - the Conventions, underground railroad, agitators like Douglass and Delany - but also its "undercurrents" - the clandestine religious and literacy meetings in the deep South, personal acts of rebellion here and there, and the myriad passions and contradiction ...more
Jul 24, 2009 Sowande' rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT! Written in a poetic like fashion. This book further peaked my interest on the black experience and ultimately shaped my own current work on slavery, etc.
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Sep 25, 2015 Ebony Jones-Kuye rated it it was amazing
I love this book which gives historical information. I love history and gaining knowledge. This book gives you both! Thank you Vincent Harding for giving us this wonderful book to read!
May 25, 2009 Mariana rated it really liked it
Wow, this is a must read. I gave it 4 stars because it is incomplete. The author intended to write a sequel.
Feb 27, 2008 Suzanne marked it as to-read
Tisch & 10.5 E 185.615 H28 Suggested by Mel King
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This is, in my experience, the essential book on this topic, convincing, factual and exciting to read. It is a beautiful book.
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