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Inspired by the dream of the late African American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois and assisted by an eminent advisory board, Harvard scholars Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Kwame Anthony Appiah have created the first scholarly encyclopedia to take as its scope the entire history of Africa and the African Diaspora.Beautifully designed and richly illustrated with over a thousand images ...more
Hardcover, 2144 pages
Published October 27th 1999 by Civitas Books (first published January 1999)
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Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The ultimate reference book for anything and everything African. I've given copies as gifts
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Recommends it for: Students of World Culture and History
A Dream Deferred Made Real

Scholars Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., paid homage to the great W.E.B. Du Bois' dream to produce an encyclopedia cataloguing the achievements and history of the African Diaspora with the publication in 1999 of the massive 2,095-page AFRICANA: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Appiah and Gates duly acknowledge Du Bois' many contributions to history, literature, and the struggle for human rights around the world with: thei
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I think this is a really great reference book for the African Diaspora.
Lori Friedman
This author was on BookTV and elevated my attitude about reading an encyclopedia. I hope someday I can read this whole 5 book (or more) volume.
Kweku Azikiwe
Everyone must read this classic piece of work which relates our story from Africa and beyond.
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Kwame Anthony Appiah, the president of the PEN American Center, is the author of The Ethics of Identity, Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy, The Honor Code and the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism. Raised in Ghana and educated in England, he has taught philosophy on three continents and is a former professor at Princeton University and currently has a position at NYU.

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