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the 1st variation of Joel Augustus Rogers’s now mythical 100 remarkable proof concerning the Negro with entire facts, published in 1934, used to be billed as “A Negro ‘Believe It or Not.’” Rogers’s little e-book used to be precious simply because he was once supplying enlightenment and satisfaction, steeped in old examine, to a humans too lengthy starved at the lie that they have been worthy not anything. For African american citizens of the Jim Crow period, Rogers’s was once their first black background instructor. yet Rogers was once now not regularly shy approximately embellishing the “facts” and minimizing ambiguity; neither used to be he above surprise journalism now and then.
With élan and erudition—and with profitable enthusiasm—Henry Louis Gates, Jr. supplies us a corrective but loving homage to Roger’s paintings. hoping on the most recent scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp via African, diasporic, and African-American heritage in question-and-answer structure. one of the 100 questions: Who have been Africa’s first ambassadors to Europe? Who was once the 1st black president in North the USA? Did Lincoln relatively unfastened the slaves? Who was once history’s wealthiest individual? how many of white americans have fresh African ancestry? Why did unfastened black humans dwelling within the South ahead of the tip of the Civil struggle remain there? Who was once the 1st black head of kingdom in smooth Western background? the place used to be the 1st Underground Railroad? Who used to be the 1st black American lady to be a self-made millionaire? Which black synthetic a lot of our favourite family items better?
Here is a shocking, inspiring, occasionally boldly mischievous—all the whereas hugely instructive and entertaining—compendium of ancient curiosities meant to light up the sheer complexity and variety of being “Negro” within the world.

(With full-color illustrations throughout.)

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