The Liberty Bell Era

The African American Story

Liberty Bell Era coverCHARLES L. Blockson taps his vast knowledge of African American history from a lifetime of passionate, original research to give us the missing story of Black America during the era of America’s proclamations of liberty and justice symbolized by the Liberty Bell.

In The Liberty Bell Era: The African American Story you will meet previously unheralded heroes of our national history. Stories of success and tragedy abound in Blockson’s easy-to-read accounts of African-Americans who played pivotal roles during America’s founding years of liberty was not extended to Black America.

Amassing a collection of 150,000 books, manuscripts and other documents spanning four centuries, Blockson is one of America’s preeminent Black historians. His life-time work housed in the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University is the wellspring of The Liberty Bell Era: The African American Story.

Blockson is author of 11 previous books, co-founder of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees and has served as chairperson of the National Parks Services’ Underground Railroad Advisory Committee. He has lectured across America as well as Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and South America.

Written by Charles L. Blockson. Illustrations from Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. Published by RB Books in 2003

isbn: 1-879441-88-8, SC, 6 in. x 9 in., 208 pgs., 75 B&W photos