From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans Essay

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans

by John Hope Franklin and Alfred A. Moss Jr.

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Book Review

Introduction

            John Hope Franklin is the original author of the book From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans in its initial publication on 1947.  Several editions revised and published when Alfred A. Moss Jr. tied up with him as they are both African-American History professors.  Along with many other successful books with the same subject, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans is now having their 8th edition and still continue updating the book in bringing and advocating the public about such topic.

Book Summary

            Detailed accounting of events is chronologically written in the book from the time of their run off from Africa, trading and slavery period, discrimination and struggle for racial equality, Africans’ self-determination in America to have a first-class citizenship until twentieth century, moreover, the book tackles aftermath of their long run of survival and struggle for total freedom until the realization of its current state.

The two co-authors provide successful survey, studies, interviews and explanations and make inclusions of needed and related materials in every chapter of the history such as maps, illustrations and charts.  The book entails African-American history which focuses the changing of life of black people as a whole from slavery to freedom with stories of relevant experiences.

Book Review

            Intellectually written by co-authors Franklin and Moss, the book From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans, give us the colorful life story of African people and how this black race continually fought from racial deprivation and inequity to become equally important with other races in the society.  However, the title itself does no longer significant nowadays because the absolute freedom that they are seeking is already given to them since circa 1960.  The negative image of the young minds that could be given to the Negro Americans’ culture, background and socio-cultural history from the title of the book might lead to another emotional struggle in search of their natural origin.  In order for it to persuade people read the book, a more positive title has to give.

Conclusion

            It is not just merely a history manual of African-Americans’ struggle in the past until the present situation.  It is also an intellectual primer that advocates inner potential and ability of the black race in every field they are into then and now.  Fun and entertaining to read, people from the new generation will surely love reading the book not just because of some adventures written and colored pictures in it but because of the manner and style the book is written.  Though topic is very serious, the co-authors manage to write the book in a light and easy to read and understand way of writing that will leave the readers well-knowledgeable and appreciative of their self-belongings.

R E F E R E N C E S

Brewer, W. M. The Journal of Negro History. Oct. 1969: 416-. Association for the Study of

African-American Life and History, Inc. Washington, DC. JSTOR. 17 May 2007. <http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0022-2992(196910)54%3A4%3C416%3AFSTFAH%

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Franklin, John Hope, and Moss, Alfred A. Jr. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro

Americans. Eight Edition. McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages: 15 June 2000.