Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War Audiobook, by Howard W. French Play Audiobook Sample

Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War Audiobook

Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War Audiobook, by Howard W. French Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: James Fouhey, Terrence Kidd Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 11.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781696606943

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Total Audiobook Chapters:

40

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50:15 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

08:42 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

25:13 minutes

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Traditional accounts of the making of the modern world afford a place of primacy to European history. Some credit the fifteenth-century Age of Discovery and the maritime connection it established between West and East; others the accidental unearthing of the "New World." Still others point to the development of the scientific method, or the spread of Judeo-Christian beliefs; and so on, ad infinitum. The history of Africa, by contrast, has long been relegated to the remote outskirts of our global story. What if, instead, we put Africa and Africans at the very center of our thinking about the origins of modernity?

In a sweeping narrative spanning more than six centuries, Howard W. French does just that, for Born in Blackness vitally reframes the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anchoring of democracy in the West, and the fulfillment of so-called Enlightenment ideals all grew out of Europe's dehumanizing engagement with the "dark" continent. In fact, French reveals, the first impetus for the Age of Discovery was not—as we are so often told, even today—Europe's yearning for ties with Asia, but rather its centuries-old desire to forge a trade in gold with legendarily rich Black societies sequestered away in the heart of West Africa.

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    — MELVIN WASHINGTON, 1/7/2023
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About Howard W. French

Howard W. French is an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught both journalism and photography since 2008. For many years, he was a senior writer for the New York Times, where he spent most of a nearly twenty-three year career as a foreign correspondent, working in and traveling to over 100 countries on five continents. French is the recipient of two Overseas Press Club Awards and a two time Pulitzer Prize nominee.

About the Narrators

James Fouhey is an actor and narrator living in New York City. He received classical training at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He has recorded more than forty audiobooks across a variety of genres, including science fiction, romance, young adult fiction, and children’s fiction.

JD Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.