From acclaimed columnist and political commentator Michael Harriot, a searingly smart and bitingly hilarious retelling of American history that corrects the record and showcases the perspectives and experiences of Black Americans.

Product Code: 9183
ISBN: 9780358439165
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Dey Street
Pages: 432
Published Date: 09/19/2023
Availability:In stock
Price: $32.50

America’s backstory is a whitewashed mythology implanted in our collective memory. It is the story of the pilgrims on the Mayflower building a new nation. It is George Washington’s cherry tree and Abraham Lincoln’s log cabin. It is the fantastic tale of slaves that spontaneously teleported themselves here with nothing but strong backs and negro spirituals. It is a sugarcoated legend based on an almost true story.

It should come as no surprise that the dominant narrative of American history is blighted with errors and oversights—after all, history books were written by white men with their perspectives at the forefront. It could even be said that the devaluation and erasure of the Black experience is as American as apple pie.

In Black AF History, Michael Harriot presents a more accurate version of American history. Combining unapologetically provocative storytelling with meticulous research based on primary sources as well as the work of pioneering Black historians, scholars, and journalists, Harriot removes the white sugarcoating from the American story, placing Black people squarely at the center. With incisive wit, Harriot speaks hilarious truth to oppressive power, subverting conventional historical narratives with little-known stories about the experiences of Black Americans. From the African Americans who arrived before 1619 to the unenslavable bandit who inspired America’s first police force, this long overdue corrective provides a revealing look into our past that is as urgent as it is necessary. For too long, we have refused to acknowledge that American history is white history. Not this one. This history is Black AF.

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2. The Church Fight That Started Slavery
3. The World, Recentered
4. Survival and Resistance: The Black American Revolution
5. Drapetomaniacs: Get Free or Die Trying
6. The Negro, Spiritual
7. The Black Emancipation Proclamation: A Poem
8. Construction
9. Something Else
10. Whites Gone Wild: Uncle Rob Explains "Separate But Equal"
11. So Devlish A Fire: The Black Women Who Started The Civil Rights Movement
12. The Race War III: The Conspiracy Theory That Was True
13. Thug Life: The Other Civil Rights Movement
14. The Great White Heist
15. The Race of Politics: Uncle Rob Explains The Two-Party System
16. Homework

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“A razor-sharp reassessment of American history. . . . Entertainingly colloquial and impressively erudite, this meticulous survey of the American past is an invaluable resource.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'Fresh eyes and bold, entertaining language combine in this authoritative, essential work of U.S. history.' — Kirkus Reviews

“A stirring correction of U.S. history. . . . Emphasizing Black survival and resistance, Harriot simplifies complex issues into easily understandable, digestible bites. . . . With blunt, entertaining, irreverent, sarcastic, and sometimes laugh-out-loud statements, Harriot provocatively explains how the United States came to be and how money-focused, self-serving intentions made it what it is today.” — Library Journal

“Michael Harriot has done it. Written a book that evokes the full range of human emotions. Laughter. Rage. Sadness. Love (of Black resistance). Hate (of anti-Blackness). More laughter. Constant thinking and connecting and discovering. What an experience. But how can this book be anything less when it is Black AF History.” — Ibram X. Kendi, Award-winning author

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