The African American Experience and the Shaping of America
"The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in September 2016, is the realization of the dream, centuries-long, of creating a public monument to the vital role of African Americans have played in shaping our nation. Dream A World Anew uses objects and stories from this museum, unprecedented, to take readers on a journey through the African American experience. This book presents the sweeping history of Black America: the path from slavery to freedom; the struggle to define and realize that freedom during Reconstruction and The Civil Rights movement; and the swell of major changes since 1968, socially, politically, and economically. As the book moves through this story, it examines such diverse subjects as enslavement, migration, work, gender, global connectivity, and more to unearth the richness and complexity of African American History. By unpacking the best and the worst of the American past, this book inspires readers to ponder moments of pain and tragedy, as well as to understand the resilience and joy at the heart of the African American experience. The book celebrates the extraordinary achievements of black Americans known well ---- including the musicians, writers, performers, athletes, and artists who have shaped our cultural identity ---- and the ordinary people who have worked together to establish institutions that expand African Americans' possibilities politically, socially, and economically. Photographs, sidebars, quotations, poems, and profiles of trailblazers and visionaries round out, abundantly, this narrative which is eloquent and engrossing. Dream A World Anew, a definitive history as told by The National Museum of African American History and Culture, shows us that the story of African Americans transcends a single community and shapes all those who call themselves Americans."-- Provided by publisher, taken from dust jacket.