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What forces transformed Africans into African-Americans? In what way did their presence shape the attitudes--and fortunes--of white America? How did black people become a nation within a nation? And what are the prospects for that nation in the 1990s?

These are among the questions that Lerone Bennett, Jr., addresses in this triumphant companion volume to his epochal Before

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Penguin Books (first published February 1975)
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Amy
May 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: learn-something
This will blow your mind when you find out there are EXTREMELY important things left out of our high school history books. It drives home the idea that "history" is controlled by the man with the pen. This is a must read. ...more
Marrick
Nov 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The title says it all. Another great historical text from Lerone Bennett.
Rasheed Abdullah
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“The Shaping of Black America” is a book that began as essays in Ebony magazine. The author, Lerone Bennett, Jr., was the long time editor of the acclaimed magazine. The book starts with the earliest documented instances of Africans on American soil and finishes with the South Central L.A. riots of 1992.

This is a very enlightening book. Bennett discusses important yet little known Black figures from the 17th century on. It is a historical documentation of the economical, social, religious, educa
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Lerone Bennett Jr. was an African-American scholar, author and social historian, known for his analysis of race relations in the United States.

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