No More Lies: The Myth and Reality of American History

No More Lies: The Myth and Reality of American History

by Dick Gregory


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Republished as part of Amistad’s Literary Revival Program, the groundbreaking, bestselling look at history from the perspective of African Americans: an essential classic that continues to speak to us today, written by the voice of black consciousness, Dick Gregory—the incomparable satirist, human rights and environmental activist, health advocate, social justice champion, and NAACP Image Award–winning author.

In 1972, during the Black Power Movement, iconoclast Dick Gregory challenged one of the foundations of America itself—its history, which had been written almost exclusively from the white male perspective. In No More Lies, this true trailblazer gave voice to African Americans, speaking their truth about the past and race relations in the United States.

No More Lies offers this incomparable satirist’s intellectual, conspiratorial, and humorous spin on the facts. No subject is off limits from his critical eye—Gregory examines numerous aspects of culture and history, from the slave trade, police brutality, the wretchedness of working-class life and labor unions to the 1968 Civil Rights Act, the Founding Fathers, “happy slaves,” and entrepreneurs. 

Although this absorbing book is more than forty years old, its provocative truths continue to reverberate in our lives today. With No More Lies, Gregory inspire a new generation to connect what is happening today with what has happened in the past.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062981288
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/16/2021
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 98,670
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard “Dick” Claxton Gregory was an African American comedian, civil rights activist, and cultural icon who first performed in public in the 1950s. He was on Comedy Central’s list of “100 Greatest Stand-Ups” and was the author of fourteen books, most notably the bestselling classic Nigger: An Autobiography. A hilariously authentic wisecracker and passionate fighter for justice, Gregory is considered one of the most prized comedians of our time. He and his beloved wife, Lil, have ten kids.

Table of Contents

Introduction For White Only 1

Chapter 1 The Myth of the Puritan Pilgrim 15

Chapter 2 The Myth of the Savage 51

Chapter 3 The Myth of the Founding Fathers 89

Chapter 4 The Myth of Black Content 133

Chapter 5 The Myth of the Courageous White Settler and the Free Frontier 177

Chapter 6 The Myth of the Mason-Dixon Line 199

Chapter 7 The Myth of Free Enterprise 213

Chapter 8 The Myth of Emancipation 225

Chapter 9 The Myth of the Bootstrap 249

Chapter 10 The Myth of the Good Neighbor 267

Chapter 11 The Myth of American Rhetoric 279

Chapter 12 The Myth of Free Elections 303

Epilogue From Myth to Reality 315

Postscript Dr. Martin Luther King's Last Message to America 347

Acknowledgments 357

Notes 359

Index 369

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