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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 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 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
Betelihem Zelealem
Apr 30, 2013 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
Desera Favors
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Habeeb Akande
Jul 07, 2012 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.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A history of the war against the African people. The most important book you will ever read.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Was hoping here to find a counter-balanced, Afrocentric antidote to Euro-focused studies on the continent, and while Williams certainly offers that point of view, his attempts to condense 6,500 years worth of events into a simplistic narrative involving nefarious forces continually seeking to destroy black excellence make for a clumsy and amateurish take on complex history. The huge span of time covered should have been a tip-off, and while I’m inclined to get on board with the idea that racial ...more
Apr 04, 2013 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 of ...more
James Green
Oct 29, 2012 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
Matthew Joseph
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
you will learn more from reading this book than you will in your 20+ years of going to school
Whitlaw Tanyanyiwa Mugwiji
A few years ago, I read the Mis-education of the Negro and back then I thought the Negro who was being referenced was the African American. but after having read this book I am convinced that all of us black people, both on the motherland and in the diaspora we are mis-educated.

As a black person, I am grateful for such scholarship as this book, it challenges the false narrative that we were not a people until the white man came. What the book shows beyond doubt to the open minded scholar is tha
Jun 06, 2015 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 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
May 25, 2016 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
Jul 29, 2012 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.
Kristen Nichole
Mar 09, 2014 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.
Jun 24, 2012 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.
Tony Lindsay
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
keep an open mind and read to the end
Stacie C
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, black-authors
I have been having quite a few conversations about how history is taught and why history is taught the way it is. Take United States history for example. I was never taught anything about treaties being broken between Native Americans and the government. I was never taught anything about the Trails of Tears or the massacres that took place as the states moved west. Even with slavery, I don’t feel as if anything is taught outside of the fact that it once existed, that Abraham Lincoln freed the sl ...more
Khemauset Ankh
Oct 31, 2011 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.
Feb 23, 2009 rated it liked it
A very good place to begin ones study of Black History.
Aug 05, 2011 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.
Abraham Moyo
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Gerald Greene
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: city-library
I had no idea so much African history was recorded. This book includes a very good description of the slavery system and vindicates (imho) Africans who's slavery system was not multi-generational.

This is a book that all should read.
Pat Wilson
Mar 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
I will openly admit I am not qualified to review this book, but I can tell you what I thought from my frame of reference. I chose this book because I was definitely trying to expand my knowledge and understanding of endemic racism especially in the US. I was looking for some history of African Americans in the US and their plights and challenges. I hoped that this would give me an even broader perspective, but I was wrong. Although the author makes a strong point that black people have been robb ...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
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Williams details the history of Blacks on the African continent from pre-history (a term he hates) to, very briefly, the early 20th Century. He describes how Blacks were once a preeminent society, the first to write, study, trade, and build on a scale comparable or even surpassing the ‘great’ European, Asian, and Arab cultures. He argues that the Blacks of Africa were the builders of the great pyramids, and their history destroyed and appropriated by invading white Europeans, Arabs, and Asians. ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is, in my opinion, one of the most important and significant books for Black peoples worldwide. The sheer amount of detail and historical facts is at times almost unbelievable. Black history, from ANCIENT times, told from a BLACK perspective and centering BLACK experience and civilization. I have never seen a book of this magnitude and, as with a lot of what I read, I’m sad it took this long for me to know about it (24 years). I send all my love, all my thanks to my ancestor Chancellor ...more
John Nwanze
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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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