Book Review:  ‘Black American History, from plantations to rap culture’ by Pascal Archimede

Pascal Archimede’s book “Black American History, from plantations to rap culture” (Nofi Group, 2018) is a quick tour through African American history. The book traverses a 300 yearlong trajectory of African American events and the people who made lasting impacts upon them. Ultimately, it ends with an examination of the culture of rap.

Written by a journalist/translator who was born in Guadeloupe, the book argues that rap music is one of the many strengths African Americans have created to sustain themselves in this country. Archimede said that because he has always been interested in music, he wanted to survey how African Americans have…

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