Life upon These Shores
Looking at African American History, 1513-2008
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Life Upon These Shores (Knopf, $50) finds its natural endpoint in the landmark inauguration of our country's first African-American president. But the centuries of triumphs it celebrates — so many of them earned as a result of excruciatingly painful struggle — make it clear that there are no endpoints. Beginnings — like those forged by Dred Scott or Marian Anderson or Rosa Parks or the survivors of Hurricane Katrina — are what propel history.
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