Best African History Books
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1. Hoodoo For Beginners: Working Magic Spells in Rootwork and Conjure with Roots, Herbs, Candles, and Oils
Author: by Angelie Belard
Published at: Independently published (October 12, 2020)
Are you looking for magic that actually works? Hoodoo is old North American folk magic, born from African spiritual traditions brought over by slaves. Over the centuries it incorporated Native American and European influences, using what worked and discarding what did not.
What is left is an adaptable, powerful magical system that works. In this book you’ll learn:The history of Hoodoo, including how it relates to VoodooHow to work with your ancestors using an ancestor altarWhy Graveyards and Crossroads are important in Hoodoo, and how to work with each safelyThe importance of Spiritual Cleansing and how to do itWhich roots and herbs are important when getting started with RootworkHow to make your own Conjure Oils and use them in your spellsWhy Candle Magic is importantSimple instructions to make and use Mojo Bags to carry magic with youAnd much more.
This book covers everything you need to know to get started with Hoodoo, and includes over twenty five simple spells to draw money to you, bring luck and love into your life, and protect yourself from evil. Angelie Belard has helped hundreds of people with their problems using the potent and practical magic of Hoodoo.
2. The Wretched of the Earth
Author: by Frantz Fanon
Published at: Grove Press; Reprint edition (March 12, 2005)
First published in 1961, Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth is a masterful and timeless interrogation of race, colonialism, psychological trauma, and revolutionary struggle. In 2020, it found a new readership in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and the centering of narratives interrogating race by Black writers.
Bearing singular insight into the rage and frustration of colonized peoples, and the role of violence in spurring historical change, the book incisively attacks the twin perils of post-independence colonial politics: the disenfranchisement of the masses by the elites on the one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other.
A landmark text for revolutionaries and activists, The Wretched of the Earth is an eternal touchstone for civil rights, anti-colonialism, psychiatric studies, and Black consciousness movements around the world. Translated by Richard Philcox, and featuring now-classic critical essays by Jean-Paul Sartre and Homi K.
3. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author: by Ishmael Beah
Published at: Sarah Crichton Books; 1st edition (August 5, 2008)
This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers.
Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer?How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives.
But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence.
By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.”My new friends have begun to suspect I haven’t told them the full story of my life.
4. From Babylon to Timbuktu: A History of the Ancient Black Races Including the Black Hebrews
Author: by Rudolph R Windsor
Published at: Windsor Golden Series; Reprint, Subsequent edition (April 1, 1988)
This carefully reserched book is a significant addition to this vital foeld of knowledge. It sets forth, in fascinating detail, the history, from earliset recorded times, of the black races of the Middle East and Africa.
5. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Author: by Nelson Mandela
Published at: Back Bay Books (October 1, 1995)
“Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history and then go out and change it.” President Barack Obama Nelson Mandela was one of the great moral and political leaders of his time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country.
After his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela was at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa’s antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule.
He is still revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality. Long Walk to Freedom is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history’s greatest figures.
Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela told the extraordinary story of his life – an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph. The book that inspired the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
6. The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave
Author: by Willie Lynch
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 24, 2014)
“The Willie Lynch Letter” written by Willie Lynch is widely considered to be one of the top 100 most controversial books of all time. For many, “The Willie Lynch Letter” is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others “The Willie Lynch Letter” is simply a highly controversial book that they must have as a reference tool and for self enlightenment.
This beautifully produced volume, which includes both “The Mis-Education of the Negro” and “The Willie Lynch Letter,” should be a part of everyone’s personal library.
7. Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.
Author: by Chancellor Williams
Published at: Third World Press; 3rd Revised ed. edition (February 1, 1992)
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?
8. The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women
Author: by Catherine E. McKinley
Published at: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (January 19, 2021)
A USA Today “Must-Read for Black History Month”An unprecedented visual history of African women told in striking and subversive historical photographs-featuring an Introduction by Edwidge Danticat and a Foreword by Jacqueline Woodson. Most of us grew up with images of African women that were purely anthropological-bright displays of exotica where the deeper personhood seemed tucked away.
Or they were chronicles of war and poverty-poverty porn. But now, curator Catherine E. McKinley draws on her extensive collection of historical and contemporary photos to present a visual history spanning a hundred-year arc (18701970) of what is among the earliest photography on the continent.
These images tell a different story of African women: how deeply cosmopolitan and modern they are in their style; how they were able to reclaim the tools of the colonial oppression that threatened their selfhood and livelihoods. Featuring works by celebrated African masters, African studios of local legend, and anonymous artists, The African Lookbook captures the dignity, playfulness, austerity, grandeur, and fantasy-making of African women across centuries.
9. Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History
Author: by Paul Farmer
Published at: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 17, 2020)
“[The] history is as powerfully conveyed as it is tragic …Illuminating … Invaluable.” Steven Johnson, The New York Times Book ReviewIn 2014, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea suffered the worst epidemic of Ebola in history. The brutal virus spread rapidly through a clinical desert where basic health-care facilities were few and far between.
Causing severe loss of life and economic disruption, the Ebola crisis was a major tragedy of modern medicine. But why did it happen, and what can we learn from it? Paul Farmer, the internationally renowned doctor and anthropologist, experienced the Ebola outbreak firsthandPartners in Health, the organization he founded, was among the international responders.
In Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds, he offers the first substantive account of this frightening, fast-moving episode and its implications. In vibrant prose, Farmer tells the harrowing stories of Ebola victims while showing why the medical response was slow and insufficient.
Rebutting misleading claims about the origins of Ebola and why it spread so rapidly, he traces West Africa’s chronic health failures back to centuries of exploitation and injustice. Under formal colonial rule, disease containment was a priority but care was not and the region’s health care woes worsened, with devastating consequences that Farmer traces up to the present.
10. Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880
Author: by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
Published at: Free Press; 12.2.1997 edition (January 1, 1998)
The pioneering work in the study of the role of Black Americans during Reconstruction by the most influential Black intellectual of his time. This pioneering work was the first full-length study of the role black Americans played in the crucial period after the Civil War, when the slaves had been freed and the attempt was made to reconstruct American society.
Hailed at the time, Black Reconstruction in America 18601880 has justly been called a classic.
11. Black Skin, White Masks
Author: by Frantz Fanon
Published at: Grove Press; Revised edition (September 10, 2008)
Few modern voices have had as profound an impact on the black identity and critical race theory as Frantz Fanon, and Black Skin, White Masks represents some of his most important work. Fanon’s masterwork is now available in a new translation that updates its language for a new generation of readers.
A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, Black Skin, White Masks is the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today from one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history.
12. Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization (Exploding the Myths)
Author: by Anthony T. Browder
Published at: Inst of Karmic Guidance; First Edition (December 1, 1992)
Tony Browder’s book, Nile Valley Contributions To Civilization, is about correctinf some of these misconceptions so the reader, in fact, cane be introduced to a Nile Valley Civilizations in order to understand its role as the parent of future civilizations.
13. War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East
Author: by Gershom Gorenberg
Published at: PublicAffairs; 1st edition (January 19, 2021)
In this World War II military history, Rommel’s army is a day from Cairo, a week from Tel Aviv, and the SS is ready for action. Espionage brought the Nazis this far, but espionage can stop themif Washington wakes up to the danger.
As World War II raged in North Africa, General Erwin Rommel was guided by an uncanny sense of his enemies’ plans and weaknesses. In the summer of 1942, he led his Axis army swiftly and terrifyingly toward Alexandria, with the goal of overrunning the entire Middle East.
Each step was informed by detailed updates on British positions. The Nazis, somehow, had a source for the Allies’ greatest secrets. Yet the Axis powers were not the only ones with intelligence. Brilliant Allied cryptographers worked relentlessly at Bletchley Park, breaking down the extraordinarily complex Nazi code Enigma.
From decoded German messages, they discovered that the enemy had a wealth of inside information. On the brink of disaster, a fevered and high-stakes search for the source began. War of Shadows is the cinematic story of the race for information in the North African theater of World War II, set against intrigues that spanned the Middle East.
14. When The World Was Black: The Untold History of the World's First Civilizations, Part One: Prehistoric Cultures
Author: by Supreme Understanding
Published at: Supreme Design, LLC; 2nd edition (February 2, 2013)
In this book, we cover over 200,000 years of Black history. For many of us, that sounds strange. We can t even imagine what the Black past was like before the slave trade, much less imagine that such a history goes back 200,000 years or more.
Can you imagine what that does to a person? To grow up believing their people started out as slaves? Perhaps some of us know a little about Africa, but how much do we really know? How much do we know about the extent of the ancient Black empires that spanned far beyond continental Africa?
Chances are, very little. In this book, we ll tell the stories you haven t been told. We ll talk about the Black migrations that settled the world. We ll show you the Black people who founded the first cultures and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, the Pacific Islands, and North and South America.No exaggeration.
This book covers more than 200,000 years of Black history across every square inch of the Planet Earth. As we learn the history of our ancestors, we ll learn more and more about ourselves.
15. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
Author: by Susan Wise Bauer
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (March 17, 2007)
A lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own. This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country.
Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. Dozens of maps provide a clear geography of great events, while timelines give the reader an ongoing sense of the passage of years and cultural interconnection.
This old-fashioned narrative history employs the methods of history from beneathliterature, epic traditions, private letters and accountsto connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled. The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them.
16. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Author: by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Published at: Hay House Inc.; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2014)
Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God.
She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional lovea love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.