In search of our roots: how 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
Unlike most white Americans who, if they are so inclined, can search their ancestral records, identifying who among their forebears was the first to set foot on this country's shores, most African Americans, in tracing their family's past, encounter a series of daunting obstacles. Slavery was a brutally efficient nullifier of identity, willfully denying black men and women even their names. Yet, from that legacy of slavery, there have sprung generations who've struggled, thrived, and lived extraordinary lives. For too long, African Americans' family trees have been barren of branches, but, very recently, advanced genetic testing techniques, combined with archival research, have begun to fill in the gaps. Here, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., backed by an elite team of geneticists and researchers, takes nineteen extraordinary African Americans on a once unimaginable journey, tracing family sagas through U.S. history and back to Africa. Those whose recovered pasts collectively form an African American "people's history" of the United States include celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Chris Tucker, Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, and Quincy Jones; writers such as Maya Angelou and Bliss Broyard; leading thinkers such as Harvard divinity professor Peter Gomes, the Reverend T. D. Jakes, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; and famous achievers such as astronaut Mae Jemison, media personality Tom Joyner, decathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Ebony and Jet publisher Linda Johnson Rice. More than a work of history, In Search of Our Roots is a book of revelatory importance that, for the first time, brings to light the lives of ordinary men and women who, by courageous example, blazed a path for their famous descendants. For a reader, there is the stirring pleasure of witnessing long-forgotten struggles and triumphs-but there's an enduring reward as well. In accompanying the nineteen contemporary achievers on their journey into the past and meeting their remarkable forebears, we come to know ourselves.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780307382405
9781415959558
9780307409737
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID c931a47a-b5f2-bcae-f91e-1756888256ed
Grouping Title in search of our roots how 19 extraordinary african americans reclaimed their past
Grouping Author gates henry louis
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-10-18 22:54:42PM
Last Indexed 2018-10-19 01:22:53AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
author_display Gates, Henry Louis
available_at_catalog Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Main Kids, Main Library, Southeast, Special Collections
collection_catalog Genealogy, Non-Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction, Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction, Southeast - Adult Non-Fiction, Special Collections - Genealogy
display_description Unlike most white Americans who, if they are so inclined, can search their ancestral records, identifying who among their forebears was the first to set foot on this country's shores, most African Americans, in tracing their family's past, encounter a series of daunting obstacles. Slavery was a brutally efficient nullifier of identity, willfully denying black men and women even their names. Yet, from that legacy of slavery, there have sprung generations who've struggled, thrived, and lived extraordinary lives.

For too long, African Americans' family trees have been barren of branches, but, very recently, advanced genetic testing techniques, combined with archival research, have begun to fill in the gaps. Here, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., backed by an elite team of geneticists and researchers, takes nineteen extraordinary African Americans on a once unimaginable journey, tracing family sagas through U.S. history and back to Africa.

Those whose recovered pasts collectively form an African American "people's history" of the United States include celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Chris Tucker, Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, and Quincy Jones; writers such as Maya Angelou and Bliss Broyard; leading thinkers such as Harvard divinity professor Peter Gomes, the Reverend T. D. Jakes, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; and famous achievers such as astronaut Mae Jemison, media personality Tom Joyner, decathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Ebony and Jet publisher Linda Johnson Rice.

More than a work of history, In Search of Our Roots is a book of revelatory importance that, for the first time, brings to light the lives of ordinary men and women who, by courageous example, blazed a path for their famous descendants. For a reader, there is the stirring pleasure of witnessing long-forgotten struggles and triumphs--but there's an enduring reward as well. In accompanying the nineteen contemporary achievers on their journey into the past and meeting their remarkable forebears, we come to know ourselves.

From the Hardcover edition.
format_catalog Book, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_catalog Audio Books, Books, eBook
id c931a47a-b5f2-bcae-f91e-1756888256ed
isbn 9780307382405, 9780307409737, 9781415959558
item_details ils:CARL0000300906|35192038130435|Southeast - Adult Non-Fiction|973.0496073 G2593i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||SE||, ils:CARL0000300906|35192038130443|Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction|973.0496073 G2593i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||, ils:CARL0000300906|35192038354043|Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction|973.0496073 G2593i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||, ils:CARL0000300906|35192038354050|Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction|973.0496073 G2593i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||EP||, ils:CARL0000300906|35192040080297|Special Collections - Genealogy|Gen. 973.0496073 G2593i|||1|false|false|||||Library Use Only||SC||, ils:CARL0000300906|B00387514|Overton High - Teen Non-Fiction|973.04 GAT|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6F615||, ils:CARL0000300906|B00526281|Hillwood High - Teen Non-Fiction|973.04 GAT|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||67440||, ils:CARL0000300906|B00622027|Hillsboro High - Teen Non-Fiction|973.04 GAT|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||66435||, ils:CARL0000300906|QQ00113472|Pearl-Cohn High - Teen Non-Fiction|973.04 GAT|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6G632||, ils:CARL0000300906|QQ00113473|Pearl-Cohn High - Teen Non-Fiction|973.04 GAT|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6G632||, overdrive:38ff0ffe-abad-4a48-b593-dc5e46069c41|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||, overdrive:73efbf24-6014-4d72-985f-8d810a5b002d|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|1|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Available Online||||
itype_catalog , Book
last_indexed 2018-10-19T06:22:53.38Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog 973.0496073 G2593i, Gen. 973.0496073 G2593i
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Main Kids, Main Library, Southeast, Special Collections
primary_isbn 9780307382405
publishDate 2009
record_details ils:CARL0000300906|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Crown Publishers,|c2009.|viii, 438 p. : ill. ; 25 cm., overdrive:38ff0ffe-abad-4a48-b593-dc5e46069c41|eBook|eBook||English|Crown/Archetype|2009|, overdrive:73efbf24-6014-4d72-985f-8d810a5b002d|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group|2009|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:73efbf24-6014-4d72-985f-8d810a5b002d -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
overdrive:38ff0ffe-abad-4a48-b593-dc5e46069c41 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000300906 35192038354050 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000300906 35192038130443 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000300906 35192040080297 Library Use Only Library Use Only false true false false true true
ils:CARL0000300906 35192038354043 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000300906 35192038130435 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
subject_facet Africa -- Genealogy, African Americans -- Biography, African Americans -- Genealogy, United States -- Genealogy
title_display In search of our roots : how 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past
title_full In Search of Our Roots How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, In search of our roots : how 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past / Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
title_short In search of our roots :
title_sub how 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past
topic_facet African Americans, History, Nonfiction