100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof

A Short Cut to The World History of The Negro

Author: J. A. Rogers

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819575496

Category: Social Science

Page: 72

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First published in 1934 and revised in 1962, this book gathers journalist and historian Joel Augustus Rogers’ columns from the syndicated newspaper feature titled Your History. Patterned after the look of Ripley’s popular Believe It or Not the multiple vignettes in each episode recount short items from Rogers’s research. The feature began in the Pittsburgh Courier in November 1934 and ran through the 1960s.

100 Amazing Facts About The Negro

With Complete Proof: The 2017 Edition Celebrating Black Excellence A Tribute To J. A. Rogers

Author: Axsal Johnson

Publisher: Yusa Limited

ISBN: 9780993085970

Category: Social Science

Page: 124

View: 1601


100 Amazing Facts About The Negro: With Complete Proof: The 2017 Edition Celebrating Black Excellence is as much of a tribute to the life and works of J. A Rogers as it is to the black African community of the world and the excellence they exhibit in every social, professional and academic field so naturally.

100 Amazing Facts About the Negro

Author: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 0307908720

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 4045


The 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. (With full-color illustrations throughout.)