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Author: The Before Columbus Foundation,Carla Blank
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (September 23, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 496
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The Before Columbus Foundation has promoted multicultural education for more than 20 years. Carla Blank's "Rediscovering America" is a fascinating look at one of the most complex, destructive, creative centuries of human history: the twentieth.

The Before Columbus Foundation has promoted multicultural education for more than 20 years. It has provided an informative and useful survey of many important contributions of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and political dissidents over the past 100 years. Blank cautions us that her book "is not intended to make a case for presenting the twentieth century as the American century.

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MultiAmerica: Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace, Viking/Penguin, 1997, ISBN 978-0140259124. Three Rivers Press, 2003, p. 59-265. Spaulding, A. Timothy.

The Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000. The Before Columbus Foundation was founded in 1976 to promote and disseminate contemporary American multicultural literature. Its mandate is driven by the idea that America’s diversity necessitates interaction and sharing in place of appropriation and antagonism.

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by Before Columbus Foundation and Carla Blank. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 13 years ago. Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000 seeks to make up for the usual omissions, the oversights or the deliberate exclusions, in any number of US cultural histories. In an inspired series of entries - writing to photography, politics to science, film to dance, and with a due emphasis on the contributions to the national narrative of women, migrants, dissidents and artists of every stripe - it supplies a necessary reference volume.

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Her textbook anthology of theater and dance activities, Live On Stage! (1996, 2000) was co-authored with Jody Roberts. Her most recent non-fiction book, Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel: Two Pioneer Women Architects of Nineteenth Century North America, is co-authored with Canadian architectural historian Tania Martin (2014).

The Before Columbus Foundation was founded in 1976 to promote and disseminate contemporary American multicultural literature. Poets Read Their Contemporary Poetry, Before Coluimbus Foundation on Folkways Rec0rds. Audio compilation of poetry originally released in 1980 by Folkways Records.

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Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900–2000Carla Blank's latest publication is. ^ Konch Magazine. An Ishmael Reed and Tennessee Reed Publication. Ishmael Reed is a founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, which since 1980 has annually presented the American Book Awards; the Oakland chapter of PEN; and There City Cinema, an organization that furthers the distribution and discussion of films from throughout the world. Before Columbus Foundation. In 2007, Reed made his debut as a jazz pianist and bandleader with For All We Know by The Ishmael Reed Quintet.

In this vibrant, fact-packed romp through the last 100 years, Rediscovering America explores the lost history of America, highlighting and reintegrating the complex contributions of women, African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans, immigrants, artists, renegades, rebels, rogues, and others normally cast to the margins of history books, but without whom there is no honest accounting of American history. In an accessible timeline format, it paints an inclusive picture of our recent past, without sentiment or favor, respecting the true richness and complexity of 100 years in the life of a nation.
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CARLA BLANK, REDISCOVERING AMERICA:

THE MAKING OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA, 1900-2000

(THREE RIVERS PRESS)

Carla Blank's "Rediscovering America" is a fascinating look at one of the most complex, destructive, creative centuries of human history: the twentieth. Blank cautions us that her book "is not intended to make a case for presenting the twentieth century as the American century."

Blank's book is by no means a dry, historical textbook; nor is it in the usual sense of the phrase a "time line," though the book is arranged chronologically and we are able to follow several historical themes as we move through it. Rather, it is a book of stories, and they are often very interesting, moving stories. Have you heard of Dr. Charles Drew? In an entry for 1941, Blank writes, "Dr. Charles Drew (1904-1950), an African American hematologist, surgeon, scientist, and educator, develops a long- term preservation technique for blood plasma. This innovation becomes especially crucial to saving lives when it is adopted by the U.S. and Britain on World War II battlefields after Dr. Drew founds the first system of blood banks administered under the American Red Cross. He will die after an auto accident, when the nearest ?white' hospital refuses to give him blood to save his."

That Dr. Drew spent his life saving lives makes the circumstance of his death all the more moving and tragic: who was there to save his?

The cover of "Rediscovering America" presents the book as "written and edited by Carla Blank, The Before Columbus Foundation." The comma is important. Blank was the primary author of the book, but the book contains many contributions from others. "Rediscovering America" is divided into decades; at the beginning of each decade, a member of the Before Columbus Foundation has contributed an introductory essay--sometimes a personal essay, such as that by Juan Felipe Herrera, sometimes an historical essay. The exceptions to this are 1910- 1919's "American Acculturation and the Alaska Native Brotherhood" by historian Stephen W. Haycox, which was written by Haycox at the request of a member of the Before Columbus Foundation, Andrew Hope, and the lyrical "Poem for the 1980s" by Joyce Carol Thomas. There are also smaller articles written by various hands. Ishmael Reed's introduction to the sixties is also exceptionally interesting. Reed discusses Malcolm X, whom he knew.

All told, the book contains contributions from some forty people in addition to Blank. The inclusion of other voices is a small but telling example of the "multiculturalism" of Blank's title. It also gives the book a variety of tones and attitudes--always a good thing in an historical account.

Blank discusses the United States' "permanent war economy" as well as the "legal disenfranchisement of African Americans," "resegregation" (along with "desegregation"), Ghandi's "passive resistance" (satya-graha, "firmness in truth"), "liberation theology" (a term from Vatican II), "environmental racism," and much else. And the book is packed with attractive, interesting photographs. (I hadn't realized how handsome a woman Rosa Parks was in 1956.)

One of the most important passages in "Rediscovering America" comes from Blank's hometown newspaper, the Oakland Tribune:

THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT CONFIRMS THAT RACE IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT

"Rediscovering America" is a book to read and re-read and to give to friends at Christmas (Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwanzaa). It is packed with important information about who we were during the brilliant, calamitous twentieth century and therefore about who we are likely to be during the twenty-first. Kudos to the Before Columbus Foundation and to Carla Blank for producing this book.
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Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000 seeks to make up for the usual omissions, the oversights or the deliberate exclusions, in any number of US cultural histories. In an inspired series of entries -- writing to photography, politics to science, film to dance, and with a due emphasis on the contributions to the national narrative of women, migrants, dissidents and artists of every stripe -- it supplies a necessary reference volume. Appropriate recognition is given to each and all of the voices that make up the US's multicultural tradition, whether white-ethnic, African American, Native Asian American or Latino/a, which are set within an informative and unfolding timeline of both US and world events. The entries, drawn from recognized expertise, come over succinctly and to the point, helped not a little by the user-friendly overall layout.

A. Robert Lee, The Year's Work in English Studies, Vol. 84,

Oxford University Press (2005)