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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. An award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or coauthored twenty-two books and created eighteen documentary films, including Finding Your Roots. His six-part PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program-Long Form, as well as a Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Written by Frederick Douglass, Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Dell | Paperback | January 1997
$6.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-22228-6 (0-440-22228-1)

Born a slave in Maryland circa 1817, Frederick Douglass went on to become the most influential and distinguished African American of the nineteenth century. As an abolitionist, newspaper publisher, orator and statesman, Douglass dedicated his life to the triumph of freedom over oppression for all black Americans.

Published shortly after his escape... Read more






100 Amazing Facts About the Negro
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Pantheon | Hardcover | October 2017
$40.00/54.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-90871-1 (0-307-90871-2)

The first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers’s now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1934, was billed as “A Negro ‘Believe It or Not.’” Rogers’s little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long... Read more






Colored People
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$15.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-679-73919-7 (0-679-73919-X)

In a coming-of-age story as enchantingly vivid and ribald as anything Mark Twain or Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., recounts his childhood in the mill town of Piedmont, West Virginia, in the 1950s and 1960s and ushers readers into a gossip, of lye-and-mashed-potato “processes,” and of slyly stubborn resistance... Read more






Finding Oprah's Roots
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Crown | Hardcover | January 2007
$19.95/24.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38238-2 (0-307-38238-9)

Finding Oprah’s Roots will not only endow readers with a new appreciation for the key contributions made by history’s unsung but also equip them with the tools to connect to pivotal figures in their own past. A roadmap through the intricacies of public documents and online databases, the book also highlights... Read more






The Future of the Race
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1997
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-76378-9 (0-679-76378-3)

Almost one-hundred years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois proposed the notion of the "talented tenth," an African American elite that would serve as leaders and models for the larger black community. In this unprecedented collaboration, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West--two of Du Bois's most prominent intellectual descendants--reassess that relationship and... Read more






In Search of Our Roots
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Crown | Hardcover | January 2009
$27.50/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38240-5 (0-307-38240-0)

Unlike most white Americans who, if they are so inclined, can search their ancestral records, identifying who among their forebears was the first to set foot on this country’s shores, most African Americans, in tracing their family’s past, encounter a series of daunting obstacles. Slavery was a brutally efficient nullifier of... Read more






Life Upon These Shores
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Knopf | Trade Paperback | October 2013
$35.00/40.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47685-2 (0-307-47685-5)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a sumptuously illustrated landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama.

Informed by the latest, sometimes provocative scholarship and including more than seven hundred images—ancient maps, fine art, documents, photographs, cartoons, posters—Life Upon These Shores... Read more






Life Upon These Shores
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Knopf | Hardcover | November 2011
$50.00/57.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-59342-9 (0-307-59342-8)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a sumptuously illustrated landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama.

Informed by the latest, sometimes provocative scholarship and including more than seven hundred images—ancient maps, fine art, documents, photographs, cartoons, posters—Life Upon These Shores... Read more






Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1998
$14.00/17.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-77666-6 (0-679-77666-4)

"This is a book of stories," writes Henry Louis Gates, "and all might be described as 'narratives of ascent.'" As some remarkable men talk about their lives, many perspectives on race and gender emerge. For the notion of the unitary black man, Gates argues, is as imaginary as the creature that... Read more






Three Classic African-American Novels
Written by William W. Brown, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Charles Chesnutt, Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1990
$21.00/25.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-72742-2 (0-679-72742-6)

William Wells Brown, Frances E.W. Harper, and Charles W. Chesnutt, three black writers who bore witness to the experience of their people under slavery, create a portrait of black life in the 19th century in these three novels. Read more






Wonders of the African World
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Knopf | Trade Paperback | January 2001
$24.95/37.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70948-7 (0-375-70948-7)

The Companion Volume to the PBS Television Series

Wonders of the African World is an exuberant, visually stunning journey across Africa and through the history of its glorious but forgotten civilizations.

Traveling by camel, by dhow, by Land Cruiser, and on foot, the renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us to twelve... Read more






Our Nig
Written by Harriet E. Wilson, Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2011
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47745-3 (0-307-47745-2)

With a New Introduction and Notes by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis

A fascinating fusion of two literary models of the nineteenth century, the sentimental novel and the slave narrative, Our Nig, apart from its historical significance, is a deeply ironic and highly readable work, tracing the trials and... Read more





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