The African [Harold Courlander] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The unforgettable, deeply moving novel of a young man’s life as slave. Before Alex Hailey’s Roots there was Courlander’s The African, which chronicles the experiences of a young African boy, Hwesuhunu, who is kidnapped from. The tale of an African boy who is captured from his tribe and sold in America as a slave.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? A Profoundly intense read. He took a special interest in oral literaturecults, and Afro-American cultural connections with Africa.

This author was so well known that several of his books were made into movies. There couurlander also slave accounts of the start in Africa to America. After the trial, Joseph Bruchac hraold, an instructor in black and African history at Skidmore Collegestated that he had recommended Courlander’s novel to Haley when he visited Skidmore in The author of 35 books and plays and numerous scholarly articles, Courlander specialized in the study of AfricanCaribbeanAfro-Americanand Native American cultures.

Aug 02, Harolx rated it liked it. I was lead to this book after reading Alex Haley’s Roots. Roots expands certain parts of the story and continues the tale after the original protagonist. Dana Ladani rated it really liked it Sep 14, Beynd that, the characters and stories of Wes and Kunta Kinte take on different dimensions altogether.


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His research focused on religious practices, African retentions, oral traditions, folkloremusicand dance. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Courlander produced numerous albums which were released on Folkways Records. Retrieved from ” https: I was surprised that he This is the book that was said that Alex Haley plagiarized. Audible Audiobook Verified Purchase. You should read The African. And it’s not a perfect book!

The story is pretty good. The evidence of copying from The African in both the novel and the television dramatization of Roots is clear and irrefutable. The unforgettable, deeply moving novel of a young man’s life as slave and runaway — so powerful it takes every idea you’ve ever had about slaves and slavery and rips it to shreds!

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The African has some very different plot points, compared to Roots. Nov 27, LeeTravelGoddess rated it it was amazing Shelves: J rated it it was ok Sep 14, Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class.

I hope Wes made it and never once did he have to step on anyone to get anywhere. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The lawsuit did not allege that The African’ s plot was copied in its entirety, as the two novels differ in many plot points. Cause guess what, African Americans, Africans and Indians are out here flourishing despite what was forced upon us.

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Courlander married Ella Schneideman in Black Picket Fences, Second Edition: If you are interested in the themes of African Americans making their way, you should also check out the other book Haley plagiarized from Books with missing cover All stub articles.

Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege. This was an intriguing and perhaps unlikely story of an African boy, captured and enslaved, who must come to grips with the choices in attitude and action that are before him while maintaining his African heritage.

He seems thrilled by it and recommends it to anyone who’s interested in African American history in regards to the evolution of slavery. Inhe also did field recordings in Alabama later transcribed by John Benson Brooks. Put it DOWN after 3 chapters. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Gave up on this one and returned it to Audible.

Awesome, gut wrenching, powerful account. Aug 09, Vandella rated it really liked it. The book is a good read for those who have no knowledge of the African history of Christian, Jews, and Muslims being traded into slavery. Product details Paperback Publisher: A young African boy, Hwesuhunu, hwrold kidnapped from his homeland by French slave traders, and endures the terrors of the Middle Passage and being sold into slavery.