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By J. A. Rogers. J.A. Rogers' book, "Africa's Gift to America" is another classic which should be added to the library of every serious student of African American history. He lays out in clear and fascinating detail the role of African Americans from the founding of the nation in the 17th century through the Revolutionary War period to the Civil War and early Post-Civil War era. His use of first hand documents such as newspapers, magazines, political cartoons, journals, and his extensive citation to then-comtemporary historical works is materfully woven to create a rich historical tapestry. His mentioning of obscure historical facts such as the Corwin Amendment, the rejected original form of the 13th Amendment that would have preserved rather than abolished slavery, as well as the role of slave Jo Anderson in creatingg the McCormick reaper, are but a small sampling of the treasures within this invaluable volume. Helga Rogers (1961), English, Hardcover: 272 pages.