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From Superman to Man

By: J. A. Rogers
Narrated by: John Riddle
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"From Superman to Man" by J.A. Rogers, published in 1917, is a seminal work addressing race and identity in America. Rogers, a Jamaican-American historian, journalist, and writer, critically examines prevailing racial stereotypes of the early 20th century. The title suggests a transition from the mythic figure of Superman, symbolizing strength and superiority, to the reality of being a human being, grappling with racial prejudice.

The book explores the historical evolution of African-Americans, challenging societal misconceptions. Rogers employs meticulous research to unravel the roots of racism, shedding light on socio-political and economic factors shaping the African-American experience. The narrative is a counterpoint to prevailing racist ideologies, emphasizing the resilience, achievements, and contributions of African-Americans throughout history.

"From Superman to Man" is not just a critique of racial prejudices but also an empowerment tool. By dismantling stereotypes and celebrating black accomplishments, the book seeks to uplift the African-American community. It remains a relevant historical document, capturing the zeitgeist of its era and contributing to the ongoing discourse on race and identity. Rogers' dedication to dismantling stereotypes and promoting a more inclusive understanding of African-American history is evident throughout the text, making the book a significant contribution to the broader conversation on racial issues in America.

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