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The Black Book

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A new edition of the classic New York Times bestseller edited by Toni Morrison, offering an encyclopedic look at the black experience in America from 1619 through the 1940s with the original cover restored.

“I am so pleased the book is alive again. I still think there is no other work that tells and visualizes a story of such misery with seriousness, humor, grace and
Hardcover, 35th Anniversary Edition, 224 pages
Published December 3rd 2009 by Random House (first published January 12th 1974)
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Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the preface, Toni Morrison writes, "I am not complete here; there is much more / but there is no more time and no more space...and I have journeys to take..." which is what this book is--an amazing journey through time and through bygone (but not forgotten) history. It's like a museum on page--there's newspaper clippings, bills of sale for slaves, promotional posters for cakewalks, ads for hair products, and historical documents chronicling the role Africans have played in the Western world ...more
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Feb 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Avery interesting read. This is a collection articles, pictures, and other documents. It's like reading a scrapbook that someone meticulously put together around a single theme, Black History. Some of the documents are difficult to read because of the small print (reduced to fit the pages. I learned what the contemporaries of a time period thought about some things. I felt slightly slighted because some of my favorite historical personages were left out. However, they may have been included in ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like a time machine, it sucks you and you feel like you're there. The entire thing is primary sources throughout the history of African Americans. Make this your Black History Month book, and you won't be disappointed.
Tanya Barnett
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Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Awesome journey into Black history through actual photographs, public and private records, 1st person narratives, etc.
Dec 30, 2009 rated it liked it
a primary source collage
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more than five stars, I would. An invaluable resource for anyone who is interested in African-American history and culture, or book history.
Dec 10, 2009 marked it as to-read
This was highlighted on NPR today.
Jenevive Desroches
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like opening a door into a history that is still kept too deeply in shadow.
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Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought three of these books and gave two as gifts.
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