By Herb Boyd. This work is an insightfully assembled anthology of eyewitness accounts that traces the history of the African American experience. From the Middle Passage to the Million Man March, editor Herb Boyd has culled a diverse range of voices, both famous and ordinary, to creat a unique and compelling historical portrait including Benjamin Banneker on Thomas Jefferson; Old Elizabeth on spreading the Word; Frederick Douglass on life in the North; W.E.B. Du Bois on the Talented Tenth; Matthew Henson on reaching the North Pole; Harriot Jacobs on running away; and James Cameron on escaping a mob lynching and many more. Anchor (2000), English, Paperback: 576 pages.
About the Author
Herb Boyd is a journalist, activist, teacher, and has authored or edited 22 books, including his most recent one, Civil Rights: Yesterday & Today. His book Baldwin's Harlem, a biography of James Baldwin, was a finalist for a 2009 NAACP Image Award. In 1995, with Robert Allen, he was a recipient of an American Book Award for Brotherman--The Odyssey of Black Men in America, an anthology. We Shall Overcome, a media-fusion book with narration by the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, is used in classrooms all over the world, as is his Autobiography of a People and The Harlem Reader. His articles can be found in such publications as The Black Scholar, The Final Call, the Amsterdam News, Cineaste, Downbeat, and The Network Journal, among others