• Born in Blackness

  • Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War
  • By: Howard W. French
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Born in Blackness

By: Howard W. French
Narrated by: James Fouhey
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Publisher's Summary

Traditional accounts of the making of the modern world afford a place of primacy to European history. Some credit the fifteenth-century Age of Discovery and the maritime connection it established between West and East; others the accidental unearthing of the "New World." Still others point to the development of the scientific method, or the spread of Judeo-Christian beliefs; and so on, ad infinitum. The history of Africa, by contrast, has long been relegated to the remote outskirts of our global story. What if, instead, we put Africa and Africans at the very center of our thinking about the origins of modernity?

In a sweeping narrative spanning more than six centuries, Howard W. French does just that, for Born in Blackness vitally reframes the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anchoring of democracy in the West, and the fulfillment of so-called Enlightenment ideals all grew out of Europe's dehumanizing engagement with the "dark" continent. In fact, French reveals, the first impetus for the Age of Discovery was not—as we are so often told, even today—Europe's yearning for ties with Asia, but rather its centuries-old desire to forge a trade in gold with legendarily rich Black societies sequestered away in the heart of West Africa.

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A Profound Treatise on the Modernity

French has laid out a case for the revision of the threadbare lies that passed for world history in yesteryear. It will be great to see the fruit bear from this tree of knowledge.

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American History World History Our History

This is truly an excellent read! French puts in perspective the bridges of history that is omitted by European and American scholars.
I’m impressed by the ethos, and visuals images that Mr. French uses to inform the reader.
Thank you Mr. French for a outstanding book, and for the time you dedicate to bringing it to fruition.

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maybe its the way i listen

some good factual narrative.
but i listen to the book on my commute.
maybe if i sat with a map in front of me it would have been a better experience.
i found it hard to follow because they keep naming places where events are occurring and i was unable to link the event place to the previous or next happening some place else.
i hope your experience will be better.

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A detailed and very important history.

Mr. French has written a needed and excellent book, he is a good story teller and keeps the story interesting.

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Important, Engaging, Informative

Great book on every mark. It should be required reading for American citizenship. Couldn't recommend enough

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Narrator loses it

Content of the book is amazing. The narrator ruins it. For some reason he correctly pronounces the French name of Haiti for the first quarter of the book. Then for some reason he butchers it when he focuses on the Revolution. It's actually absurd and detracts from the entire experience given the centrality of the episode in the entire narrative.

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A MUST READ Book on World History!!!

If you’re of African descent, this is one of the most important historical books you’ll come across.

Virtually every book narrates world history from the oppressor’s perspective.

For centuries, lies have been told through pseudo scholarly works and mainstream media that so called West Africans have contributed very little (if anything) to world history.

Mr. French’s painstakingly researched work is ground breaking and of great importance. He reveals the essential roles of Africans in birthing the world we know today.

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THE TEXTBOOK ON BLACK HISTORY

Wow! What an impressive study on the movement, and continual abuse of blackness from basically the beginning of time. All persons of privilege should be required to read and study this work. The survivors deserve our respect, and MORE!

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Amazing History

This book should be recommended reading in high schools around the world. The importance of Africa and people of African descent in world history has been downplayed and forgotten for too long. This book provides the history that is needed.

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Excellent and required reading

This was an awesome book. Well researched and fully documented. Anyone with a question about enslavement can have their questions answered here.

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  • 09-29-22

Essential.

Black history that must be heard to be believed. This will reverse your view of the world.

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  • 08-27-22

History of History Books on Black Lives

An account to be read by all to complete the narratives recounted in history books.

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  • 08-25-22

A tour de force!

This is French's magnum opus, very illuminative and educative! I definitely recommend it today.