By Alton Hornsby Jr.
A significant other to African American historical past is a suite of unique and authoritative essays prepared thematically and topically, protecting quite a lot of topics from the 17th century to the current day.
- Analyzes the foremost assets and the main influential books and articles within the box
- Includes discussions of globalization, zone, migration, gender, classification and social forces that make up the vast cultural textile of African American background
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Yet even in the face of such surety there is still the question of the degree to which Africa has shaped Europe’s notions of Africa. Again the issues of ignorance and absence are central to this conceptualization. ” The summaries in the historical and literary texts that make Africa known are Africa the “terra incognita” cum “the Dark Continent,” – “the Heart of Darkness,” for the undiscerning and uncritical reader. ” However, discerned and critical readings of the texts that become the basis for such an assumption – the texts that precede the modern, and some that might be constituted as modern themselves – on re-reading make it an Africa as “known” as any other area of the globe for the times in question.
The mythistorical and historical collude in their depictions of Africans in “European” space. So much so, that as one moves from what might be articulated as “myth,” the questions posed by the historical become that much more problematic in light of conventional historiography and epistemology. We can try to illustrate this by attempting to dismiss two, of what have become, “controversial” sources in the debate that fuses early Eurasia and Africa: Homer and Herodotus. The Iliad and The Odyssey contain pointed references to Africa, which coincide with ancient conceptualizations of Africa’s impact on the constructions of pre-Mycenaean and Mycenaean Greece, and the Eastern Mediterranean basin.
Education and power, in many instances, were inextricable in early West African society. The acquisition of knowledge was strongly encouraged, highly valued, and closely coveted. As such, it was not left up to chance but, rather, was often placed in the hands of the Poro and Sande – power associations that were dedicated to upholding traditional beliefs and practices many of which centered on the search for knowledge. Membership in the associations was highly prized and served as the key to much of a West African’s life destiny.
A Companion to African American History by Alton Hornsby Jr.