Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s New Book Surveys Black American History

Posted: Updated:
Getty Images


Coffee-table books are supposed to be heavy, on photos and in pounds. This latest history of black life in America by Henry Louis Gates Jr. is both, with more than 750 photos on nearly 500 pages.

But it offers something more: The distinguished Harvard University professor packs intellectual heft around the pictures. His book updates black history with recent scholarly research, from detailed estimates of the human cargo during the Atlantic slave trade to the DNA test proving almost conclusively that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one child by his slave Sally Hemings. Interpretive gems are sprinkled throughout.

Read the whole story at www.philly.com

Around the Web

Henry Louis Gates New Book on the Culture Wars - The Daily Beast

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., What It Means To Be 'Black In Latin ...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. News - The New York Times

Henry Louis Gates Jr. jokes about brew summit at book fest - New ...

PBS' new season to include a Bill Clinton bio and Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s ...