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Virtual presentation: Lewes Library, “Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War” discussion by Howard W. French”

December 16, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

“Please join us on Thursday, Deceber 16th at 5 p.m. Eastern, for a 2021 History Book Festival virtual event with Howard W. French as he discusses his book “Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War” (Liveright, 2021). This event is free but registration is required.  This event is rescheduled from October 21, 2021.
About the book
In a book that weaves historical detail with personal reportage, Howard W. French retells the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anchoring of democracy in America, and the fulfillment of so-called Enlightenment ideals all grew out of Europe’s dehumanizing engagement with the “darkest” continent. Born in Blackness retrieves the lives of major African historical figures whose legacies have been downplayed or erased, telling the story of gold, tobacco, sugar, and cotton — and the greatest “commodity” of all, the millions brought in chains to the New World, whose reclaimed histories help explain our present world.
About the author
Howard W. French is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and former New York Times bureau chief in the Caribbean and Central America, West and Central Africa, Tokyo, and Shanghai. A two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, he has authored five books.
All registered attendees will receive a follow-up email from “LibCal” with Zoom log-in information. If you don’t receive this email after registering, please check your SPAM folder. If you still can’t locate the email, please contact info@historybookfestival.org.
Purchase the book
Please help support local independent bookstores by purchasing this book at Browseabout Books, official bookseller of the History Book Festival. Online sources and digital versions are tempting; however, supporting local brick and mortar shops helps to preserve our vibrant main streets. Drop by Browseabout, order books online, or call the store at 302-226-2665. You also may purchase a copy at biblion in Lewes. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
About the Festival
With the help of our presenting sponsors — Delaware Humanities and the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices I Gallo Realty — as well as our community partners and volunteers, the 2021 History Book Festival will, once again, be full of great discussions online with authors of newly published narrative nonfiction and historical fiction.
Our 2021 Festival will follow last year’s format: allowing you to bring history home—and stay safe!
We are extremely grateful for the virtual venue and assistance in event promotion provided by the Lewes Public Library in conjunction with the Delaware Division of Libraries and Sussex County Libraries.”

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