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African American Historical Perspectives 3 Book Pack

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Product Code: OB0641

• They Came Before Columbus: The African American Presence in Ancient America
by Ivan Van Sertima
• Stolen Legacy: The Egyptian Origins of Western Philosophy By George G M
• The Destruction of Black Civilization, by Chancellor Williams

They Came Before Columbus: The African American Presence in Ancient America
(Journal of African Civilizations
by Ivan Van Sertima
They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed
documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America.
Examining navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies between Native
Americans and Africans; the transportation of plants, animals, and textiles
between the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral accounts of the
explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of evidence to support
his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus.
Combining impressive scholarship with a novelist’s gift for storytelling, Van
Sertima re-creates some of the most powerful scenes of human history: the
launching of the great ships of Mali in 1310 (two hundred master boats and two
hundred supply boats), the sea expedition of the Mandingo king in 1311, and many
others. In They Came Before Columbus, we see clearly the unmistakable face and
handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming
impact on the civilizations they encountered.

Stolen Legacy: The Egyptian Origins of Western Philosophy
By George G M James

The term Greek philosophy, to begin with a misnomer, for there is no such
philosophy in existence. The ancient Egyptians had developed a very complex
religious system, called the Mysteries, which was also the first system of
salvation. As such, it regarded the human body as a prison house of the soul,
which could be liberated from its bodily impediments, through the disciples of
the Arts and Sciences, and advanced form the level of a mortal to that of a God.
This was the notion of the summon bonum or greatest good, to which all men must
aspire, and it also became the basis of all ethical concepts. The Egyptian
Mystery was also a Secret Order, and membership was gained by initiation and a
pledge to secrecy. The teaching was graded and delivered orally to the neophyte:
and under these circumstances of secrecy, the Egyptians developed secret systems
of writing and teaching, and forbade their Initiates from writing what they had
learned. After nearly five thousand years of prohibition against the Greeks,
they were permitted to enter Egypt for the purpose of their education. First
through the Persian invasion and secondly through the invasion of Alexander the
Great. From the sixth century B.C. therefore to the death of Aristotle (322
B.C.) the Greeks made the best of their chance to learn all they could about
Egyptian culture; most students received instructions directly from the Egyptian
Priests, but after the invasion by Alexander the Great, the Royal temples and
libraries were plundered and pillaged, and Aristotle’s school converted the
library at Alexandria into a research center. There is no wonder then, that the
production of the unusually large number of books ascribed to Aristotle has
proved a physical impossibility, for any single man within a lifetime.

The Destruction of Black Civilization
By Chancellor Williams

The Destruction of Black Civilization took Chancellor Williams sixteen years of
research and field study to compile. The book, which was to serve as a
reinterpretation of the history of the African race, was intended to be ""a
general rebellion against the subtle message from even the most 'liberal' white
authors (and their Negro disciples): 'You belong to a race of nobodies. You have
no worthwhile history to point to with pride.'"" The book was written at a time
when many black students, educators, and scholars were starting to piece
together the connection between the way their history was taught and the way
they were perceived by others and by themselves. They began to question
assumptions made about their history and took it upon themselves to create a new
body of historical research. The book is premised on the question: ""If the
Blacks were among the very first builders of civilization and their land the
birthplace of civilization, what has happened to them that has left them since
then, at the bottom of world society, precisely what happened? The Caucasian
answer is simple and well-known: The Blacks have always been at the bottom.""
Williams instead contends that many elements—nature, imperialism, and stolen
legacies— have aided in the destruction of the black civilization. The
Destruction of Black Civilization is revelatory and revolutionary because it
offers a new approach to the research, teaching, and study of African history by
shifting the main focus from the history of Arabs and Europeans in Africa to the
Africans themselves, offering instead ""a history of blacks that is a history of
blacks. Because only from history can we learn what our strengths were and,
especially, in what particular aspect we are weak and vulnerable. Our history
can then become at once the foundation and guiding light for united efforts in
serious[ly] planning what we should be about now."" It was part of the evolution
of the black revolution that took place in the 1970s, as the focus shifted from
politics to matters of the mind.

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