Book Shows Black History in Stunning Breadth

The Root Recommends: Life Upon These Shores, Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s sweeping, photo-rich tome.

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The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., curates the complex story of African-American history in his new book, Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513-2008. 

Touching on everything from 16th-century conquistadors to 21st-century politicians and musicians, Gates chronicles the massive impact that African Americans have had on U.S. history and culture. More than 700 photos of events, documents, posters, maps, art and important figures accompany this text, making it an exhaustive -- and compelling -- reference guide, written by a leading scholar on the subject.  

Live on These Shores is now available in stores and online and makes the perfect gift for anyone interested in African-American history.

Previous recommendation: Jennifer Hudson Pens New Memoir.

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