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Using a question-and-answer layout and organized chronologically via period, this readable, vigorous research examines hundred key features of African-American historical past and tradition, from slavery to the humanities, sciences, civil rights stream, and extra. journey.

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The slave trade’s primary victims are not alive, nor are the primary culprits. The slave-trading companies that worked the West African coastline cannot be hauled before a tribunal because they no longer exist. Informed of these hurdles to reparations, Chief Abiola responded with optimism: “All we want is for the world to listen. ” In 1993, the OAU’s First Pan-African Conference on Reparations was held in Abuja, Nigeria. The “Abuja Declaration” demanded capital transfer and debt cancellations. This issue is gathering support, but it will be a hard sell.

Was Richard Nixon right? Was there never “an adequate Black nation” in history? While working as White House chief of staff for Richard Nixon, H. R. Haldeman kept a diary from 1969 until 1973. When it was published in 1994, readers learned of Nixon’s opinion of the place of Blacks in world history. On Monday, April 28, 1969, Nixon was discussing welfare reform. Suddenly, he veered from the subject. Nixon, Haldeman reports, “pointed out that there has never in history been an ade- Living Gifts from Old Africa / 23 quate Black nation, and they [Blacks] are the only race of which this is true….

While queen, she fought Living Gifts from Old Africa / 29 alongside her troops and was killed in battle. So feared was she that the enemy demanded to see her severed head as proof of her death. Legends claimed she lived nearly 120 years. Amina of Hausaland (fl. ) Amina was a queen of the Hausa kingdom of Zaria (in modern northern Nigeria). An extremely successful military ruler, she camped among her warriors and planned and led military campaigns. Under her, Zaria dominated the region. ” In 1973, Nigeria issued a stamp in her honor, showing her seated on a charging stallion, lifting a tasseled spear in the air.

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