Books Life upon These Shores Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 by Henry Louis Gates Hardcover, 512 pages, Knopf, List Price: $50 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleLife upon These ShoresSubtitleLooking at African American History, 1513-2008AuthorHenry Louis Gates Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary In this illustrated book, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. follows African American history from conquistadors to Barack Obama. Pivotal moments include slavery, the Jim Crow Era, and the emergence of hip-hop in culture. Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Also by Henry Louis Gates Twelve Years a Slave The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader Leave No Child Behind The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin African American Lives See More Books Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Life upon These Shores Opinion Best Books Of 2011 From Tiny To Tome, The Best Gift Books Of 2011 December 6, 2011 There's a difference between great books and great gift books, and these are the books to put bows on. Critic John McAlley presents 20 titles that span Harry Potter, Alexander McQueen, Annie Leibovitz, Mickey Mouse, the periodic table elements and the dictionary — something for everyone on your list.