Drusilla Dunjee Houston
Houston’s crowning achievment was the publication of the Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire, Book I: Nations of the Cushite Empire. Marvelous Facts From Authentic Records. Wonderful Ethiopians was originally published in 1926 in Oklahoma City by the Universal Publishing Company, and was intended as the first volume of a three volume set. Wonderful Ethiopians is a pioneering work that not only contains comprehensive chapters devoted to ancient African civilizations along the Nile, but continues the ethnographic survey into Asia where it examines and illuminates the strong African influences on classical Asian civilizations. Houston looks extensively at the African background to European civilizations and even ponders the role of Africans in ancient America.
Wonderful Ethiopians was favorably reviewed in a number of newspapers by Arthur Alfonso Schomburg, in The Amsterdam News by Joel Augustus Rogers, and in The Pittsburgh Courier by Robert L. Vann. Schomburg (1874-1938), the brilliant bibliophile, noted that:
“I can assure everyone that the author must have used considerable oil in her lamp represented by her exhaustive research, the indefatigable labor that resulted in the astonishing compilation before me…We are indebted to Drusilla D. Houston for this
illuminating and comprehensive book.”
by Runoko Rashidi
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