Despite increased interest in recent years in the role of race in Western culture, scholars have neglected much of the body of work produced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by black intellectuals. For example, while DuBois' thoughts about Africa may be familiar to contemporary academics, those of his important precursors and contemporaries are not widely known. Similarly, although contemporary figures such as Martin Bernal, Molefi Assante, and other "Afrocentrists" are the subject of heated debate, such debates are rarely illuminated by an awareness of the traditions that preceded them. Race and The Writing of History redresses this imbalance, using Bernal's Black Athena and its critics as an introduction to the historical inquiries of African-American intellectuals and many of their African counterparts. Keita examines the controversial legacy of writing history in America and offers a new perspective on the challenge of building new historiographies and epistemologies. As a result, this book sheds new light on how ideas about race and racism have shaped the stories we tell about ourselves.
"This useful book, which is a significant contribution to Oxford University Press's Race and American Culture series, is a sophisticated defense of Afrocentrism...Indeed, Keita's analysis of Snowden's paradoxes and ironies is a substantial contribution to our existing knowledge...This excellent work complements but does not supercede older works by Wilson Jeremiah Moses and Stephen Howe-neither of whom, surprisingly, is cited in Keita's book. Nevertheless,
Race and the Writing of History should be must reading for professional historians."--History: Review of New Books
"[Maghan Keita] has produced a book that will be read and reread many times as the defining work on historiography segment of the discourse over race and history... Race and the Writing of History Riddling the Sphinx might be considered the best Afrocentric history yet, [and] the work will live as a classic of its time because of its fairness, sensitivity to all issues, openness, and rigid standards of scholarship.--Journal of Black Studies
"It is clear that Professor Keita has made an important, serious, and very readable contribution to our understanding of Afrocentrism, its history, and its controversies."--H-Net Book Review
1: Race and Historiography
2: Blackness in Ancient History: Criticism and Critique
3: Historiography and Black Historians
4: Carter G. Woodson
5: William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
6: William Leo Hansberry
7: Frank M. Snowden, Jr.
8: Through a Glass Darkly: Afrocentrism
9: The Thesis and Its Refinement
10: Reprise: Conclusion by Way of Continuity