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The making of African America : the four great migrations

Author: Ira Berlin
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2011. ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A four-hundred-year history of the African-American experience traces four pivotal migrations, including the violent relocation of one million slaves to the antebellum South and the movement of millions to industrial cities a century later.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ira Berlin
ISBN: 9780143118794 014311879X
OCLC Number: 644667125
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking, 2010.
Description: 304 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Movement and place in the African American past --
The transatlantic passage --
The passage to the interior --
The passage to the north --
Global passages.
Responsibility: Ira Berlin.
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A four-hundred-year history of the African-American experience traces four pivotal migrations, including the violent relocation of one million slaves to the antebellum South and the movement of millions to industrial cities a century later.

Four great migrations defined the history of black people in America: the violent removal of Africans to the east coast of North America known as the Middle Passage; the relocation of one million slaves to the interior of the antebellum South; the movement of six million blacks to the industrial cities of the north and west a century later; and, since the late 1960s, the arrival of black immigrants from Africa, the Americas, and Europe. These epic migrations have made and remade African American life. This new account evokes both the terrible price and the moving triumphs of a people forcibly and then willingly migrating to America. Historian Ira Berlin finds a dynamic of change in which eras of deep rootedness alternate with eras of massive movement, tradition giving way to innovation. The culture of black America is constantly evolving, affected by (and affecting) places as far away from one another as Biloxi, Chicago, Kingston, and Lagos. -- From publisher description.

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Praise for Many Thousands Gone "Berlin...brings together in a magisterial synthesis much of what has now been learned about slave life during its first two centuries within the present United Read more...

 
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