Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/4/24
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Many works of history deal with the journeys of blacks in bondage from Africa to the United States along the ?middle passage,? but there is also a rich and little examined history of African Americans traveling in the opposite direction. In Middle Passages, award-winning historian James T. Campbell vividly recounts more than two centuries of African American journeys to Africa, including the experiences of such extraordinary figures as Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, and Maya Angelou. A truly groundbreaking work, Middle Passages offers a unique perspective on African Americans? ever-evolving relationship with their ancestral homeland, as well as their complex, often painful relationship with the United States.
Campbell is a master storyteller who engages the reader in the human drama of American blacks confronting cultural realities that do not always square with the myths of an imagined native land. . . . Campbell provides an artful reconstruction of the often bittersweet experience of return and reunion. (The New York Times Book Review)商品の説明をすべて表示する
I learned quite a few things from his book, including some I ashamedly realized I should have already known. That is another problem, since the author tends to stray into general African history quite often rather than sticking to the words of the people who visited Afica. This is somewhat unavoidable since the reader needs context, but I got the feeling the author either has or wants to write a general history book of Africa.
I reccommend this book to anyone who is interested in Afican history or on leading historical American figures of African ancestory.