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100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof

A Short Cut to The World History of The Negro

J. A. Rogers

Publication Year: 2014

First published in 1934 and revised in 1962, this book gathers journalist and historian Joel Augustus Rogers’ columns from the syndicated newspaper feature titled Your History. Patterned after the look of Ripley’s popular Believe It or Not the multiple vignettes in each episode recount short items from Rogers’s research. The feature began in the Pittsburgh Courier in November 1934 and ran through the 1960s.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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pp. 1-6

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Preface

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pp. 7-10

J.A. Rogers was born on September 6, 1880 in Negril, Parish Westmoreland, Jamaica, British West Indies to Samuel Rogers, a school teacher and Methodist minister, and Emily Johnstone. Emily bore Samuel four children, Joel Augustus, Martin, Ivy and Oswald. When I once asked him, where he got the name Joel, his answer was: "Simple, Joel was Samuel's first son in the Old...

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Quiz

I. In what very important respect of population does the Aframerican differ now from all the other various groups of which the United States is composed, including the Indian, but is like the French, German, English, Belgian, and other peoples in Europe? II. When did the seizure of a Negro woman as a slave in the United States lead to a war of two years in the United States in which 20.026 U. S. Army...

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100 Amazing Facts

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pp. 11-11

I. The white population of New York is a third more illiterate than the Negro one. 2. Benjamin Banneker, a Negro astronomer, made the first clock made in America in 1754. 3. The word, "coffee", comes from Caffa, Ethiopia, where it was first used and where it still grows wild. 4. George Washington sent a Negro slave to Barbados to be exchanged...

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The Arts

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pp. 12-12

6. The Negro was the first artist. The oldest drawings and carvings yet discovered were executed by the Negro peoples over 15,000 years ago in Southern France, Northern Spain, Palestine, South Africa, and India. The drawings are on rocks, the carvings on bone; basalt and ivory. 7. The oldest known representation of the human body is that of a Negro woman It was carved by a Negro sculptor of Grimaldi...

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Ancient Civilizations

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pp. 12-13

10. The Grimaldi, a Negro race, lived in Europe as late as 12,000 years ago. Two complete Grimaldi skeletons are in the Museum of Monaco, near Monte Carlo. Abundant traces of their culture have been unearthed in Southern and Central Europe. 11. Elam, a mighty Negro civilization of Persia, flourished abowt 2900 B. C. and is perhaps older than Egypt or Ethiopia. One of its later Negro...

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Illiteracy and Intelligence

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pp. 13-13

19. The peoples of Southern Europe, including Italy, and most of those of Eastern Europe, including Russia, are more illiterate than the Negroes of the United States. In seventy years Negro illiteracy has fallen off about 80 per cent. In 1870 it was 82 per cent; in 1930, 16.3. 20. Aframerican illiteracy, IS three times higher than the white one, nevertheless, when certain states are matched against certain...

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Exploration

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pp. 13-14

23. Estevaruco, a Negro from Morocco, was one of a party of four to cross the North American continent in 1536 for the first time. The journey took nine years. In 1539 he headed an expedition that discovered Arizona and New Mexico. Estevanico's travels served to open up the Southwest and the States west of Florida, as far as the Pacific.

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Science and Invention

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pp. 14-14

27. Jan Ernest Matzeliger, a Dutch West Indian Negro living in Lynn. Mass., invented the first machine for sewing the soles of shoes to the uppers. This invention, which was eleven years in the making, revolutionized the industry and gave shoe supremacy to the United States. It made several millionaires, one of whom left $4,000,000 to Harvard University. Overwork and privation hastened Matzeliger to his grave...

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Jews and Ethiopians

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pp. 14-15

29. The Mohammedans believe that Moses was a black man. Their Bible, The Koran, says so. God told Moses to put his hand into his bosom. The Koran says that it came out white. The commentators declare that Moses' hand could not have been white before, and that the miracle Jehovah intended was making...

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Medicine

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pp. 15-15

33. Imhotep of Ancient Egypt, was the real Father of Medicine. He lived about 2300 B. C. Greece and Rome had their knowledge of medicine from him. In Rome he was worshipped as the Prince of Peace in the form of a black man. His Ethiopian portraits show him a Negro. Imhotep was also Prime Minister to King Zoser as well as the foremost architect of his...

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Politics

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pp. 15-15

37. France has had six colored Cabinet Ministers-Severiano de Heredia, 1887; Senator Henri Lemery, 1915-1918, and 1934; Alcide Delmont, 1928; Blaise Diagne, 1931; Gratien Candace, 1932; Gaston Monnerville, 1937. De Heredia, as Minister of Public Works, built some of France's finest roads. 38. Eugene Chen, one of the most dynamic political figures...

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Race-mixing

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pp. 16-16

39. Persina, a Queen of Ethiopia, 60 B. C., presented her husband, Hydaspes, with a light-colored child, "which color" is strange among Ethiopians." She declared that it was due to the presence of a white statue in the room at the time of conception. Similarly Maria Theresa of Spain and Austria, wife of Louis XIV, King of France, bore him a mulatto daughter...

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Religion

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pp. 16-17

47. The oldest and most noted statue in the world bears the face of a Negro. It is the Sphinx of Gizeh, which was worshipped as Horus, cr Harmachis, the Sun-God of Light and Life. It was erected about 5,000 B. C. The Devil which is now depicted as black, was once portrayed as White. When the black man dominated the planet he painted the forces...

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Rulers

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pp. 17-18

54. On November 15,218 B. c., Hannibal, a full-blooded Negro, marching through conquered territory in Spain and France, performed the astounding feat of crossing the Alps. With only 26,000 of his original force of 82,000 men remaining, he defeated Rome, the mightiest military power of that age, who had a million...

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Slavery

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pp. 18-19

63. The word, "slave," was originally applied to white people. It comes from "Slav," a Russian people captured by the Germans. 64. The first slaves held in the United States were not black, but white. They were Europeans, mostly British, who died like flies on the slave-::ihips across. On one voyage 1,100 perished out of 1,500. At another...

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Sports

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pp. 20-20

72. The fastest bicyclist the world has ever known was Marshall (Major) W. Taylor. He defeated the champions of Europe and America. His greatest feat was the winning of the one-mile motor-paced race in 1 minute, 19 seconds. He died in 1932 at the age of 54. 73. The Aframerican, though but a dot in the world's population...

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Warfare--Commanders

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pp. 20-21

74. The Rock of Gibraltar, the symbol of stability, is named after a Negro ex-slave. It is a corruption of "Gebal-Tarik," or "The Mountain of Tarik." Tarik, who was a Moor, captured the Rock which was then called Calpe, in 711 A. D. Later he conquered Southern Spain. Tarik's countrymen thereafter ruled Spain for 700 years. 75. Abraham Hannibal, captured as a slave in Africa, was adopted by Peter...

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Warfare--Men

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pp. 21-22

85. The United States has had seven big wars, exclusive of Indian ones. The Negro has distinguished himself in all of them. In the last war, France awarded the Croix de Guerre to four whole Negro regiments, the 369th, 370th, 371st and 372nd, as well as to the first battalion of the 367th. Sixty Negro officers and 350 non-commissioned officers and men were decorated for...

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Miscellaneous

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pp. 22-23

91. The most ancient names for so-called black people are Nehesu, or Nubian: Ethiopian, and Moor from Ancient Egypt, and Negro or Nigrita from West Africa. All the above are native African words. "Negro" is probably the oldest as the Negritos are the oldest known branch of the human race. "Negro" comes from the River Niger. "Niger" found its way into Latin and since the people from...

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Proof

In presenting proof of the "100 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE NEGRO," I felt that it would not be enough to say that I had met this or that person or seen this or that thing in a museum or an ancient ruin. I have tried rather to give recorded proof, that is, a book in which they were mentioned. Books in foreign...

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Answers to Quiz

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pp. 23-26

I. The Aframerican group has a greater percentage of women than men. In 1930 there were 1027 white men for every 1000 white women and only 970 Negro men (or every 1000 colored wumen. The 1930 census says, "Differing from all other races the Negroes have shown an excess of females...

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The Arts

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pp. 26-28

6. In a reconstruction of Grimaldis by Alfred Rutot, a Grimaldi Negro artist is shown holding the Venus of Willendorf. (For reproductions of them see, Crisis Magazine, Feb. 1920: Dr. Frances Hoggan: Prehistoric Negroids and, Their Contribution to Civilization, pub. in New York.) E. Faure says: "The Venus of Willendod, the most ancient human form...

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Ancient Civilizations

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pp. 28-30

11. Persia was originally dominated by a Negro people known as the Elamites. Dieulafoy, a Frenchman, the principal excavator of Susa, the ancient Negro capital, says: "I shall attempt to show to what distant antiquity remounts the establishment of the Negroes upon the left bahk of the Tigris and the constitution of the Susian...

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Illiteracy and Intelligence

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pp. 30-31

19. The illiteracy percentage of the following European countries as estimated by the U. S. Bureau of Education is: . Servia, 48 per cent, Bulgaria 55; Portugal, 60-70 per cent; Hungary, 10-20; Finland, Lithuania, Poland, 30-40; Rumania and Spain, 40-50; Italy, 20-30; Russia, 50-60. "Greece," says the report, "is considerably in excess...

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Exploration

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pp. 31-31

23. J. K. Hosmer says of the first journey made across the American continent by civilized men, "Of these, three were Spaniards, and the fourth, a person upon whom it is worth while to dwell for a moment. He was a Negro, the first of his race to reach the valley, contemporary with the earliest Europeans." Of Estevanico's...

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Science and Invention

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pp. 32-32

27. Marcosson says, "A Dutch Guiana Negro, who worked in one of the Lynn shops, had invented a somewhat crude machine to last shoes which saved much time and labor. After the usual fashion of inventors he had 'hawked it about with no success. Winslow heard of it and together with Geo. W. Brown .... bought and backed this patent, which became the...

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Jews and Ethiopians

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pp. 32-34

29. The Koran reads: "And he (Moses) drew forth his hand out of his bosom and behold it appeared white unto the spectators." (Chap. vii, p. 128.) "And put thy right hand under thy left arm; it shall come forth white." (Sale: Al Koran, p. 257. 1784.) Sale adds: "There is a tradition that Moses was a very swarthy man." (p. 128.) Sir T. W. Arnold says, "According to Mohammedan tradition, Moses...

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Medicine

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pp. 34-34

33. Gerald Massey says of Imhotep, "The child-Christ remained a starrily bejewelled blackamoor as the typical healer in Rome. Jesus the divine healer, does not retain the black complexion of Iu-em-hotep (Imhotep) in the canonical Gospels, but he does in the Church of Rome when represented as a little black bambino. A jewelled image of the child-Christ as a blackamoor is sacredly...

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Politics

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pp. 34-35

37. J. B. Clarke mentions Heredia, who was a Cuban, as Minister in the Rouvier Cabinet in 1887, in "A Momento of The Emancipation Proclamation Exposition of New York State, 1913," p. 23. See also L'Abolition de l'Esc1avage au Bresil," which is the proceedings of a banquet held...

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Race-mixing

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pp. 35-37

39. Persina, in her defense, says to her mulatto daughter, "Thou wert born white which color is strange among the Ethiopians: I knew the reason because I looked upon the picture of Andromeda naked while my husband had to do with me .... yet I determined to rid myself of shameful death counting it certain that the color would procure me to be accused of adultery."

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Religion

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pp. 37-40

47. Count C. F. Volney speaking of the mulatto appearance of the Egyptian people said, "but when I visited the Sphinix I could not help thinking the figure of that monster furnished the solution of the enigma, when I saw its features precisely those of a Negro. I recalled the remarkable...

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Rulers

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pp. 40-43

54. Hannibal is usually depicted as a white man, but his coins in the British Museum and the Museo Kercheriano, Rome, show him to have been an African of purest type, with rings in his ears. Col. Hennebert, perhaps the leading authority on Hannibal, declares that none of the several differing portraits now exhibited as Hannibal is he, "'We do not possess any authentic...

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Slavery

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pp. 43-45

63. The Century Dictionary says, "Originally one of the Slavs or Slavonians taken in war." Slav originally meant "the people of glory." 64. For the transportation of white slaves to America and their sale see, James Oneal: The Workers in American History, Chap., "The White Slave Trade." He quotes: "One ship sailing .... in 1745 with 400 Germans...

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Sports

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pp. 45-45

72. See the Autobiography of "Major" Taylor, Worcester, Mass., 1928, with reproductions of newspaper articles, etc. 73. For a partial list of these athletes, see: Negro Year Book, 1937-38, pp. 14-18. Tuskegee Institute.

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Warfare--Commanders

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pp. 45-47

74. "The two greatest colored figures in the history of Islam are (1) Bilal of Ethiopia .... (2)Tarik-bin-Ziad. He also was a slave and became a great general in Islam and was the commander of the Moorish Army which invaded Spain. Jebel-u-Tarik (the mountain of Tarik), that is, Gibraltar,...

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Warfare--Men

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pp. 47-48

85. For the exploits of the Negro in the earlier American Wars, see L. E. Wilkes: Missing Pages in American History, Washington, D. C., 1919. Consult also: E. M. Scott: American Negro in the World War, p. 259. Chicago, 1919. (The men on page 49 are three of the 41 Negro winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded by Congress for the highest bravery...

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Miscellaneous

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pp. 48-52

91. For the history of the word, "Niger" and "Nigritia" from which "Negro" comes, see Sir vVilliam Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, Vol. II, p. 429, as well as pp. 296-7. Also Journal Royal Soc., Vol. II, pp. 1-28 (1832) by W. M. Leake, who says with regard to the African origin of "Niger," "I\1ore than one celebrated writer have fallen into...

List of World's Greatest Men and Women of African Descent

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pp. 53-55

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Other Outstanding Facts of Negro Progress

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pp. 56-58

AWARDS. Dr. Ralph Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, world's highest honor in that field, in 1950 for his work in ending war between Israel and the Arab nations. Gwendolyn Brooks of Chicago won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, America's highest honor in that field, in 1949; also the $1,000 prize of the Academy of Arts...

A Truth Suppressed for 333 Years

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pp. 59-73


E-ISBN-13: 9780819575494
E-ISBN-10: 0819575496
Print-ISBN-13: 9780960229475

Page Count: 72
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 903956120
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