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(The Negro.pdf) i Originally published New York Holt i br br Africa is at once the most romantic and the most tragic of continents So begins The Negro the first comprehensive history of African and African derived people from their early cultures through the period of the slave trade and into the twentieth century br br Originally published in the book was acclaimed in its time widely read and deeply influential in both the white and black communities yet this beautifully written history is virtually unknown today As a wellspring of critical studies of Africa and African Americans it directly and indirectly influenced and inspired the works of scholars such as C L R James Eric Williams Herbert Aptheker Eric Foner Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr One of the most important books on Africa ever written it remains fresh dynamic and insightful to this day br br The Negro is compelling on many levels By comparing W E B Du Bois s analysis with subsequent scholarship Robert Gregg demonstrates in his afterword that The Negro was well ahead of its time Du Bois s view of slavery prefigures both paternalistic perspectives and the materialist view that the system was part of the capitalist mode of production On black contributions to the Civil War and to the emancipation of slaves historians have yet to acknowledge all that Du Bois delineated In his discussion of Reconstruction Du Bois preempts much later historiography His identification of segregation as an issue of class rather than race is almost forty years ahead of C Vann Woodward s similar thesis As to the matter of race Du Bois is clear that the concept is a social construct having no foundation in biology br br Intellectually and historically prescient Du Bois assumed globalization as a matter of course so that his definition of the color line in The Negro links all colonized peoples not just people of African descent With the resolution of the Cold War and the ascendancy of the global market Du Bois s sweeping vision of Africans and the diaspora seems more relevant now than at any time in the past hundred yearsDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Negro books for multiple devices.