Life in a Haitian Valley

This book is a precious document in the intellectual history of the black Americas. Its author was surely the first academically respectable white scholar to take seriously the cultural achievements of Afro-Americans, throughout the hemisphere. His influence is still keenly felt, within and beyond his discipline.

Melville J. Herskovits was theĀ American anthropologist in the late nineteenth century responsible for the establishment of African American studies in American academia.