Why are all of the maps in the back of the Bible zoomed in so close that you can't tell that 99% of the stories take place in Africa and Arabia? Starting in Genesis, we are introduced to a utopian garden planted on the east of Eden. We are then told that one of the rivers of Eden flows through Ethiopia, and yet many of us often overlook this fact. By the time we reach Genesis 10, we learn that Nimrod, a Cushite from Africa, founded Babel to become the very first world leader. It is from within this Cushite empire that Abraham is called to be a great nation. When we consider that many of the patriarchs took African women as wives, it becomes clear that mainstream Christianity is not giving us the complete story. Abraham, Esau, Joseph, Judah, Moses, David, Solomon, and many others all had wives of African descent, and yet the narrative of a white Israel spending 400 years as slaves in the African heat, still prevails in our society. This journey into scripture promises to be one of the most eye opening adventures you’ve ever embarked on, and it is guaranteed to change your entire perception of history and scripture in general.
West Africa’s Women of God examines the history of direct revelation from Emitai, the Supreme Being, which has been central to the Diola religion from before European colonization to the present day. Robert M. Baum charts the evolution of this movement from its origins as an exclusively male tradition to one that is largely female. He traces the response of Diola to the distinct challenges presented by conquest, colonial rule, and the post-colonial era. Looking specifically at the work of the most famous Diola woman prophet, Alinesitoué, Baum addresses the history of prophecy in West Africa and its impact on colonialism, the development of local religious traditions, and the role of women in religious communities.
Love, the pastor of the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, writes this history to argue his Church's claim to be the "first African-American Baptist Church in North America." He gives a detailed report of the rise of the Church under Andrew Bryan before the split of 1832, when a majority of the members followed Andrew C. Marshall to form a new church in Franklin Square in Savannah, retaining the old name. He provides biographies of the pastors and important leaders of the new congregation, including his own administration, and concludes by giving the documents, addresses and sermons surrounding the first centennial celebration, which included the adjudication of the dispute between the two churches.
S. S. McClure was one of America's greatest editors and publishers in the lively era of muckraking reform. He is remembered for McClure's Magazine, which early in the twentieth century published the works of famous authors and social reformers. He was also the mentor of young Willa Cather. After leaving her position at McClure's in 1912, Cather ghosted this graceful portrait of her former boss.
Imagine a history of the United States written from the perspective of the African-American community. Imagine that the story of this community is told not only from the viewpoint of its leaders--the middle-class elites--but also from the viewpoint of sharecroppers, industrial workers and others living on the margins of American culture. And finally, imagine that this is not only about political and economic relations but also about -race, - class, gender, and religious relations, about the lived experiences of one community that both reflect and represent fundamental issues of power and resistance in an entire society. This is what Les Switzer has tried to do with his book Power and Resistance in an African Society. Scholars who have read it suggest that this is the first attempt to write a history of South Africa from the perspective of one subordinate community in South Africa. The reult is a transformed history -from below.- The names, dates, events, and issues of conventional textbook history lose their meaning in the process of reconstructing a history that seeks to free the African from the domain of South Africa's ruling culture. The book also offers a unique contribution to African studies in sub-Saharan Africa, because it explores the material and symbolic manifestations of power and resistance in a pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial setting. The Ciskei region in the eastern Cape was selected as the case study. This was the historic zone of conflict between European and Bantu-speaking African in southern Africa--the Cape-Xhosa wars in this region lasting a century. The contemporary African nationalist movement in South Africa first emerged in a variety of organizational forms in the Ciskei during the 1870s and 1880s. The strategy of petitionary protest probably persisted longer here than anywhere else in South Africa in the post-colonial period, but popular resistance found a variety of windows outside organized African politics. The Ciskei, for example, was a focal point of rural resistance in the 1920s and early 1930s and again between the early 1940s and early 1960s. The gap between rural and urban dissidents in South Africa, moreover, was first bridged in the Ciskei and its environs during the 1952 Defiance Campaign. Finally, the Ciskei's segregated African reserve, where economic conditions were judged to be most serious, emerged as a primary site of struggle on South Africa's periphery during the 1970s and 1980s. The focus of this study is on the Xhosa-speaking peoples who lived in the Ciskei region in the first century after conquest. To highlight the linkages between regional and national issues, the Xhosa in the Ciskei are examined in the context of unfolding events in the Cape Colony and in the unified settler state of South Africa after 1910. A distinct plurality of voices would be formed in the complex interplay between color, consciousness, and class, as this community sought space for itself within the domain of South Africa's ruling culture.
Vermont Civil War Enterprises announces the release of its latest book "They Could Not Have Done Better: Thomas O. Seaver and the 3rd Vermont Infantry in the War for the Union." Authored by Robert G. Poirier the text traces the history of the 3rd Vermont Infantry and its most famous commander from its organization through the conflict's most difficult battles. The author researched a myriad of previously unpublished primary sources, official state records, National Archives files and records, and contemporary nespaper accounts to interface the unit's role in the history of the war with that of the Old Vermont Brigade and the Union's Army of the Potomac. Thomas O. Seaver, one of the regiment's six Medal of Honor recipients was a Norwich University alumnus (Class of 1859). The book not only describes the regiment and its parent brigade's actions, but also documents the critical role of the Union's "other West Point" in the formation, training, and combat successes of this often overlooked elite briagde. The accounts of the Green Mountain Boys achivements in the battles of Second Fredericksburg (Chancelorsville), the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor will be of interest to historians and Civil War fans alike. The final chapter of the book, which compares and contrasts the achievements, casualty rates, and combat performance of the 3rd Vermont and the Old Vermont Brigade to that of more famous units such as the "Iron" and "Irish Briagdes," breaks new ground. It not only demonstrates the superior accompliments of the Vermonters in a number of areas, but also provides a number of contemporary and modern citations regarding the Vermonters' battlefield prowess. The analysis as well as the quotations from several well-known historians will be of particular interest to readers. Mr. Poirier is a 1966 graduate of Norwich, a former Major and Vietnam veteran, and a retired Central Intelligence Agency manager and analyst with over 25 years of intelligence exprience. This is Mr. Poirier's third book. He has also written a large number of aintelligence and historical articles for various intelligence, military, and historical journals.
In eight introductory essays and collections of readings, South African voices engage with voices from Francophone Africa and Anglophone Africa to provide an introduction to the work of leading thinkers from across Africa.