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100 Amazing Facts About the Negro

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

he first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers's now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1957, was billed as "A Negro 'Believe It or Not.'" Rogers's little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they were worth nothing. For African Americans of the Jim Crow era, Rogers's was their first black history teacher. But Rogers was not always shy about embellishing the "facts" and minimizing ambiguity; neither was he above shock journalism now and then. With élan and erudition—and with winning enthusiasm—Henry Louis Gates, Jr. gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Roger's work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African, diasporic, and African-American history in question-and-answer format. Among the one hundred questions: Who were Africa's first ambassadors to Europe? Who was the first black president in North America? Did Lincoln really free the slaves? Who was history's wealthiest person? What percentage of white Americans have recent African ancestry? Why did free black people living in the South before the end of the Civil War stay there? Who was the first black head of state in modern Western history? Where was the first Underground Railroad? Who was the first black American woman to be a self-made millionaire? Which black man made many of our favorite household products better? Here is a surprising, inspiring, sometimes boldly mischievous—all the while highly instructive and entertaining—compendium of historical curiosities intended to illuminate the sheer complexity and diversity of being "Negro" in the world. Jacket images: (top, left to right, details) Thomas-Alexandre Dumas by Olivier Pichat. akg-images; Map of Spanish Florida and Jackie Robinson, both the Library of Congress, Wash. D.C.; (bottom, left to right) The Redemption of Ham by Modesto Brocos y Gómez. akg-images; Malcolm X, Keystone Pictures USA/Alamy; Madam C. J. Walke

he first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers's now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1957, was billed as "A Negro 'Believe It or Not.'" Rogers's little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they were worth nothing. For African Americans of the Jim Crow era, Rogers's was their first black history teacher. But Rogers was not always shy about embellishing the "facts" and minimizing ambiguity; neither was he above shock journalism now and then. With élan and erudition—and with winning enthusiasm—Henry Louis Gates, Jr. gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Roger's work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African, diasporic, and African-American history in question-and-answer format. Among the one hundred questions: Who were Africa's first ambassadors to Europe? Who was the first black president in North America? Did Lincoln really free the slaves? Who was history's wealthiest person? What percentage of white Americans have recent African ancestry? Why did free black people living in the South before the end of the Civil War stay there? Who was the first black head of state in modern Western history? Where was the first Underground Railroad? Who was the first black American woman to be a self-made millionaire? Which black man made many of our favorite household products better? Here is a surprising, inspiring, sometimes boldly mischievous—all the while highly instructive and entertaining—compendium of historical curiosities intended to illuminate the sheer complexity and diversity of being "Negro" in the world. Jacket images: (top, left to right, details) Thomas-Alexandre Dumas by Olivier Pichat. akg-images; Map of Spanish Florida and Jackie Robinson, both the Library of Congress, Wash. D.C.; (bottom, left to right) The Redemption of Ham by Modesto Brocos y Gómez. akg-images; Malcolm X, Keystone Pictures USA/Alamy; Madam C. J. Walke
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he first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers's now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1957, was billed as "A Negro 'Believe It or Not.'" Rogers's little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they were worth nothing. For African Americans of the Jim Crow era, Rogers's was their first black history teacher. But Rogers was not always shy about embellishing the "facts" and minimizing ambiguity; neither was he above shock journalism now and then. With élan and erudition—and with winning enthusiasm—Henry Louis Gates, Jr. gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Roger's work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African, diasporic, and African-American history in question-and-answer format. Among the one hundred questions: Who were Africa's first ambassadors to Europe? Who was the first black president in North America? Did Lincoln really free the slaves? Who was history's wealthiest person? What percentage of white Americans have recent African ancestry? Why did free black people living in the South before the end of the Civil War stay there? Who was the first black head of state in modern Western history? Where was the first Underground Railroad? Who was the first black American woman to be a self-made millionaire? Which black man made many of our favorite household products better? Here is a surprising, inspiring, sometimes boldly mischievous—all the while highly instructive and entertaining—compendium of historical curiosities intended to illuminate the sheer complexity and diversity of being "Negro" in the world. Jacket images: (top, left to right, details) Thomas-Alexandre Dumas by Olivier Pichat. akg-images; Map of Spanish Florida and Jackie Robinson, both the Library of Congress, Wash. D.C.; (bottom, left to right) The Redemption of Ham by Modesto Brocos y Gómez. akg-images; Malcolm X, Keystone Pictures USA/Alamy; Madam C. J. Walke

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dominic Hoffman

Length:

14h 31m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:43


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:16


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:52


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:12


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:12


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:25


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:30


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:45


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:41


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:36


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:00


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:15


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:54


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:47


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:10


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:39


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:47


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:06


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:32


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:08


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:07


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:54


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:17


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:42


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:31


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:09


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:57


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:59


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:02


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:25


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:59


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:17


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:44


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:32


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:04


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:27


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:58


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:48


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:37


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:24


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:06


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:06


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:21


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:32


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:01


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:24


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:11


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:33


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

09:01


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:30


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:03


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:51


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:42


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:22


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:02


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:33


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:13


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:37


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:46


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:19


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:24


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:28


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:44


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:43


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:56


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:26


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:52


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:36


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:19


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:58


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:24


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:09


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:46


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:06


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:01


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:20


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:40


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:42


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:30


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:04


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:14


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:24


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:18


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:34


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:46


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:08


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

08:05


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:37


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

00:35