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Ancient Cushite Empire

Ancient Cushite Empire

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Ancient Cushite Empire
BY DRUSILLA DUNJEE HOUSTON.
BOOK I.NATIONS OF THE CUSHITE EMPIRE.MARVELOUS FACTS FROM AUTHENTIC RECORDS.
THE UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING COMPANYOKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA., U. S. A.
COPYRIGHT 1926. 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Preface--The Origin of Civilization.1CHAPTERS:I.The Ancient Cushite Empire.15II.Old Ethiopia, Its People.27III.Ancient Ethiopia, the Land.40IV.The Amazing Civilization of Ethiopia.54V.Prehistoric Egypt, the Land of Wonders.66VI.Egypt and Her "Golden Age."79VII.Egypt and Her Mighty Pharaohs.92VIII.Arabia and Her Ancient Races.111XI.The Marvelous Arabian Civilization.126X.The Rich Arabian Literature.145XI.The Strange Races of Ancient Chaldea.160XII.Babylonia, the Land of Marvels.182XIII.The Civilization of Babylonia.194XIV.Ancient India, Land of Mystery.210XV.The Civilization of India.225XVI.Hindu Religion and Literature.241XVII.Ancient Media and Persia Were Cushite.255
(I have supplied page numbers in the Table of Contents, which were lacking in the original. In the originalChapter VII preceded VI in the above list, which I have corrected. Note that the title of Chapter I in the body of the book is "The Empire's Age and Scope".--JBH)
This is a pioneering, long-lost, work of Afrocentric history. Drusilla Dunjee Houston,(1876-1941) was a teacher, journalist and self-taught historian. Inspired by W.E.B.DuBois'
The Negro
, Houston undertook a life-long quest to discover African history froman African-American perspective. Today it is clear that conventional historians' fixationon 'Dead White Men' misses huge parts of the historical picture. Africa had severaladvanced civilizations in antiquity which flourished at the same time as the better known
 
European and Asian ones. However, at the time that Houston wrote, history was viewedthrough a Eurocentric perspective and any mention of advanced African cultures wasconsidered on a par with Atlantis.Houston believed the Cushite civilization to be the motherland of humanity. The Cushitecivilization did exist, although it was not as ancient as Egypt, and certainly not the originof all culture. Nevertheless, the Cushites were the earliest known Black Africancivilization. Reaching its peak between 1750 and 1500 B.C.E., and lasting until the fourthcentury C.E., the Cushite empire occupied what is now the Sudan, with its capital atMeroe on the Nile. At their high point, Cushites even conquered and ruled ancient Egyptfrom 750-650 B.C.E. Because of their geographical isolation, they had nowhere near theimpact on other parts of the world that Houston attributed them. The Cushites wereheavily influenced by the older Egypt culture, rather than the other way around. They left behind fields of hundreds of small steep-angled burial pyramids, the design of which was borrowed from Egypt and scaled down.Houston wrote three volumes, of which only this one, the first, known as
Wonderful  Ethiopians
, was published. She had no staff, and no formal training in academic procedures. Living in Oklahoma, her access to specialized libraries was limited. One canonly wonder what she would have made of Google. Although Houston identifies many of her sources in the body of the text, there are few footnotes or other apparatus that such a bold theory would require for consideration. The writing is vigorous and popularized,which also makes it a difficult sell for historians. The received text of this book couldhave used a bit of proofing and editing (refer to errata), but given the circumstances under  which it was published, this is understandable. The compelling part of this book is that itexists at all. While we debate her theories, one historical fact is fairly clear: Houston lefther own mark as a pioneering advocate of the study of Black History.
--John Bruno Hare, October 4th, 2004
 

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