They Came Before Columbus The African Presence in Ancient America Written by Ivan Van Sertima They Came Before Columbus Category: History – Americas. Blood River by Tim Butcher How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima King Leopold’s Ghost by. absurdity in a genre which has never attracted much rigorous scholarship in the best of times. Africanists who read They Came. Before Columbus will come.
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However, if it became common knowledge that Africans were in America well b Incredibly eye opening.
They Came Before Columbus – PAPERBACK
In they published his address in Race, Discourse and the Origin of the Americas: Steal, corn, calendar, the concept of zero, wheat, etc. The book deals mostly with his arguments for an African origin of Mesoamerican culture in the Western Hemisphere.
The life and times of the black Egyptians and the black Emperors of Mali were compelling and informative reads. The disciplines Van Sertima explored in order to provide this proof are highlighted in a letter published in The New York Times.
She also planned to publish a book of his poetry. This book left me questioning the legitimacy of all the history lessons I have been taught, and whether they too are mere fictions that were created to support the political agenda of their time. Jun 29, Daniel Lee rated it it was ok. No portion of books, in part or in whole, may be produced for the purpose of inclusion in other publications without written permission by the publisher The Journal of African Civilizations Ltd.
Nov 15, Tlacaelel Quetzalcoatl rated it did not like it.
They Came Before Columbus – Paperback
It is still possible to argue that pre-columbian contact existed, but one will need some kind of proof for this, not the kind of wishful thinking Sertima engages in in this book. At the time this book was first published inunfortunately I read Erich Von Daniken’s ‘Chariots of the Gods’ as a result it has taken me forty years to venture back into this subject. With NO evidence what’s so ever.
See all 3 questions about They Came Before Columbus…. Im grateful to my history teacher who taught me how to find these first person resources bc i have learned alot about why blacks were enslaved and who idea it was to enslave my ancestors.
Why didn’t they trade with Africans, and “gi As the only representative of the people VanSertima is trying to steal from. After all, the US economy could never be what it bbefore today if it were not for African slaves, and such slavery relied on ‘scientific racism’. The evidence in undeniable and illustrates how history can easily be distorted by the political climate of the time.
I don’t know enough about archaeology to say for sure how valid his arguments are in that regard, but they certainly ho Obviously this is a controversial book, but it’s a good book.
Though filled with Sources and Citations, Ivan falls short in a few areas. As the only representative of the people VanSertima is trying to steal from. Besides making a brief mention of Eric Von-Danniken, one of my favorite Anthropologists ever, Ivan carelessly states that Von-Danniken “made up” his “spaceman theory,” a horrible misnomer as the actual Acheologica On pageof the Random House copy of this book, there is an apparent TYPO, first Paragraph, eighth line down, “Nacron a “preservative Egyptians used for Mummification ” should actually be “Natron.
Open Preview See a Problem? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Very interesting alternative interpretation of well known data about pre-columbian america.
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
Outstanding – well documented tracings of voyages, immigrations and trading secrets which go far toward solving mysteries in the Old and New World – of cultural similarities which had heretofore seemed impossible to reconcile serrtima Euro-centric versions of history. In the beginning of the book, I think he spends too much energy trying to make an argument that, at best, has several holes, and, at worse, is filled with speculation.
All prices in US Dollars. It was based on his discovery of the cache of figurines at Tres Zapotes through what he believed to be the clairvoyance of Emilio Tamago, a peasant worker. There just seems to be a monotonous and repetitive tone to the book after a while. After hearing a friend speak highly of it this book; I had to read this book and research the beford on my own.
In Dean R. But, as always, read carefully, read critically, and read between the lines! Journals of the Century.
He was a colukbus critic, a linguist, and an anthropologist who made a name in all three fields. Dec 30, Lalena rated it really liked it.
The sad irony is that by charging Western historians of base racism for discounting any possible cklumbus that might support his theory, he, in effect, is guilty of the same towards the Mayans, Incans and other native races by suggesting that they were incapable of coming up with these developments on their own.