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Where can you get the book "The Five Negro Presidents"?

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Purchase a copy of "Five Negro Presidents" at Amazon.com. It is available in electronic form for the Kindle reader and as a paperback. The work was written by J.A. Rogers and originally published in 1965.

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The subtitle of "Five Negro Presidents" is "According to What White People Said They Were." The work purports to present evidence of black ancestry in a handful of U.S. presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and Warren G. Harding. The noted African-American historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., however, has said in a review that if there were such a thing, "Five Negro Presidents" could have won the Black History Wishful Thinking Prize. Gates adds that in his work, Rogers seemed to have a miscegenation-meter that allowed him to out all sorts of "white" individuals, but that the author often erred on the side of excess.

Rogers was a Jamaican-American author, historian and lecturer whose work focused on the history of African-Americans in the United States. He worked in various fields, including history, anthropology and sociology. He addressed themes of perspective and sought to address the issue of African-American history told from an African-American point of view. "Five Negro Presidents" has received 73 reviews on Amazon.com as of 2015 with an average of four out of five stars.

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