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Summary

The Destruction of Black Civilization took Chancellor Williams 16 years of research and field study to compile. The book, which was to serve as a reinterpretation of the history of the African race, was intended to be "a general rebellion against the subtle message from even the most 'liberal' white authors (and their Negro disciples): 'You belong to a race of nobodies. You have no worthwhile history to point to with pride.'" The book was written at a time when many black students, educators, and scholars were starting to piece together the connection between the way their history was taught and the way they were perceived by others and by themselves. They began to question assumptions made about their history and took it upon themselves to create a new body of historical research. The book is premised on the question: If the Blacks were among the very first builders of civilization and their land the birthplace of civilization, what has happened to them that has left them since then, at the bottom of world society, precisely what happened? The Caucasian answer is simple and well known: The Blacks have always been at the bottom."

Williams instead contends that many elements - nature, imperialism, and stolen legacies - have aided in the destruction of the black civilization. The Destruction of Black Civilization is revelatory and revolutionary because it offers a new approach to the research, teaching, and study of African history by shifting the main focus from the history of Arabs and Europeans in Africa to the Africans themselves, offering instead "a history of blacks that is a history of blacks. Because only from history can we learn what our strengths were and, especially, in what particular aspect we are weak and vulnerable. Our history can then become at once the foundation and guiding light for united efforts in serious[ly] planning what we should be about now."

©2017 BN Publishing (P)2017 BN Publishing

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If you can't wake up after this then sleep forever

should be on every school curriculum to inspire the unrepresented into rebuilding a new world

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A must read masterpiece

This is one of the greatest and most important contributions to date. The work undertaken by the honourable Grandmaster teacher/ historian Chancellor Williams highlights significant lessons of the past, untold insight and lays the foundation for future generations. Truly AMAZING!

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Essential reading...

....answering a number of our queries & observations as a people. Educating ourselves about our own global story, heritage, throughout the ages, is key.

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illuminating.

The conditions of Black people around the world, currently is misery. This book offers solutions to address this condition.

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Must read for every black person

Eloquent narration of black history undiluted by racial prejudice inherent in most other narrations of history of man.

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  • Deborah Daughtry
  • 16-01-18

Draft recording?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Important early history released during a time when little history was available to non scholars about Africa. A non european interpretation infused with the fury of its time, the author naturally resentful of the lies and ommissions taught in schools of his time.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joseph Kent?

the narrator should have had an editor. His voice is fine but too many errors.

Was Destruction of Black Civilization worth the listening time?

I read this book in the early 80s and wanted to revisit it considering my maturation, education and the evolution of African history in the general scholarship canon.

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Confused why Audible hasn't edited this recording. Many pronunciations are incorrect and many out-takes have not been removed. Shameful quality oversight.

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  • Alan
  • 16-10-17

Timeless piece of work

A timeless historical work, which is relevant not only for the time that it was written but for today and for future dates. We are taught that so much of our history starts at the point of slavery. This book points out our rich history thousands of years before that. In addition it points out many reasons why we are in the unfortunate position that we are in as a group of people. Along with the autobiography of Malcolm X The Destruction of Black Civilization should be read by all young black men and women.

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  • C. Pressman
  • 07-05-18

Terrible narrator

Who chose the narrator for this text???!! It sounds like a computerized voice and makes it soooo difficult to listen to. Not worth the book credit I used.

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  • Jamie Campbell-Harris
  • 02-05-18

This performance had no editor...

Multiple points in the book does the narrator mess up, and start the sentence over. At one point he actually drops an f bomb when he messes up a line.

Also he mispronounced so many words it was almost offensive

Get an editor next time eh?

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  • charles coaston
  • 31-05-18

Why why why use this guy for the voice!!!???

Why why why use this guy for the voice!!!???
Couldn’t find anyone else that sounds like they would match the contents of the book? This book changed my life and to hear it chopped and screwed like this is embarrassing. I thought this was a joke.

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  • skeetab
  • 05-04-18

foundation

a must read for every black person. should be in all educational systems, no excuses

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  • Antwine Hurst
  • 03-02-18

a must read for the African diaspora

mind-blowing. a well needed truthful perspective. this historic information should be included in today's school curriculum

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  • aubrey
  • 30-10-17

Every one should read

Everyone should read this book once a year! Very detailed, everything flows very nicely, very informative

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  • Dadrin Woods
  • 04-04-18

All Facts! No Lies!!

Enjoyed this book! learned things I didn't know and more info on what I did! a must read for everyone that wants to understand the last 300yrs of black history and condition of the black race!

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  • Moises
  • 05-03-18

Factual, insightful, inspiring and refreshing.

Dr. Williams didn’t doesn’t hold back in his in-depth research of the great and forgotten African civilizations. His factual and unbiased approach to represent nothing else but the facts of the African people which have been bowdlerized from history is simply remarkable.

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