Race and the Writing of History: Riddling the Sphinx

Hardcover | November 15, 2000

byMaghan Keita

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Despite increased interest in recent years in the role of race in Western culture, scholars have neglected much of the body of work produced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by black intellectuals. For example, while DuBois' thoughts about Africa may be familiar to contemporaryacademics, those of his important precursors and contemporaries are not widely known. Similarly, although contemporary figures such as Martin Bernal, Molefi Assante, and other "Afrocentrists" are the subject of heated debate, such debates are rarely illuminated by an awareness of the traditions thatpreceded them. Race and The Writing of History redresses this imbalance, using Bernal's Black Athena and its critics as an introduction to the historical inquiries of African-American intellectuals and many of their African counterparts. Keita examines the controversial legacy of writing history inAmerica and offers a new perspective on the challenge of building new historiographies and epistemologies. As a result, this book sheds new light on how ideas about race and racism have shaped the stories we tell about ourselves.

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Despite increased interest in recent years in the role of race in Western culture, scholars have neglected much of the body of work produced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by black intellectuals. For example, while DuBois' thoughts about Africa may be familiar to contemporaryacademics, those of his important precursors and c...

Maghan Keita is at Villanova University.
Format:HardcoverPublished:November 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195112741

ISBN - 13:9780195112740

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Race and Historiography2. Blackness in Ancient History: Criticism and Critique3. Historiography and Black Historians4. Carter G. Woodson5. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois6. William Leo Hansberry7. Frank M. Snowden, Jr.8. Through a Glass Darkly: Afrocentrism9. The Thesis and Its Refinement10. Reprise: Conclusion by Way of Continuity

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"It is clear that Professor Keita has made an important, serious, and very readable contribution to our understanding of Afrocentrism, its history, and its controversies."--H-Net Book Review