“The picture we get today of Africa in past ages from the history taught in our schools is that Africans were savages and that, although Europeans invaded their lands and made slaves of them, they were in a way conferring a great favor on them, since they brought to them the blessings of Christian civilization,” writes John G. Jackson
With brilliantly objective scholarship, Jackson obliterates that picture and presents one infinitely more rich, colorful, and varied. This book challenges all the standard approaches to African history, from the dawn of prehistory of the resurgent Africa of today. It will challenge the parochial historian, devastate the theoretical pretensions of white supremacists, and expand intellectual horizons. It is a fascinating book to be read and reread by the layman and the scholar for pleasure and knowledge.
John G. Jackson was a highly respected historian and author with many books to his credit, including Christianity Before Christ, Ethiopia and the Origin of Civilization, Ages Of Gold and Silver, and A Guide to the Study of African History (with Willis N. Huggins). He lived and taught for many years in Chicago.