Microsoft Encarta Africana 2000

Microsoft Encarta Africana 2000

MS Encarta Africana 2000 PC CD black heritage history of Africa research tools 






The new millennium version of this groundbreaking software is a demonstration of how excellent software can reach new heights. Delving deeply into the rich history of Africa and the people whose roots reach back to there, Encarta Africana 2000 does a splendid job of shedding light on a region of the world that has often been misrepresented and misunderstood. Illustrating the accomplishments and achievements of great historical figures of African heritage such as Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley and Martin Luther King Jr. is just one of the many things this software does right. Life in African villages depicting lifestyles, music, fashion and history are highlighted as well. Using audio, video, timelines, essays and photos, the user is invited to delve deeper and discover more about the diverse, often painful, but extremely proud history of Africa and it's people.

Explore 4.1 million years of Black History. Edited under the direction of Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, this comprehensive encyclopedia explores the world of black history and culture in-depth, from Africa to the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

Survey your topic of interest easily on a newly designed Contents Page. Then jump to sidebars containing original documents, or check out great literature from the Library of Black America. Take a field trip to the Serengeti and other fascinating sites through the magic of Virtual Tours. Explore the splendor of African topography, flora, fauna, art, architecture, and more through interactive maps. Trace the transatlantic slave trade from 1519 to 1867 in an interactive feature, and see African traditions take shape in the New World. Engaging multimedia brings black history and culture to life in an essential educational experience. Encarta Africana is an absorbing interactive exploration of the history of African culture. From early man's appearance 4 million years ago on the African continent to Sir Mix-A-Lot explaining the technology behind making a rap recording, this comprehensive CD-ROM tackles a massive amount of cultural history, fully utilizing its multimedia format to make the information educational, entertaining, and enlightening.

The program's introduction reflects the ambitious scope of Encarta Africana; the rich harmonies of Zulu choral music swell as a montage flashes across the screen: Nelson Mandela, art from 4000 B.C., and a raised fist are among the images. These pictures are superimposed over a patterned background that, upon closer inspection, is actually a diagram of a slave ship, jam-packed with human cargo.

The program itself is divided into nine sections: a library of black America; a history and music timeline; a civil rights chronology; a section entitled Africana on Camera, in which famous blacks discuss different issues; historic sites; an interactive map; a section called Africa to Americas that tracks how Africans were dispersed throughout the Americas; virtual tours; and Topic Treks, a feature that allows users to explore various topics in greater depth. Each of these sections (with the exception of the library) is vast, easy to explore, and filled with articles, photos, sounds, dates, and facts. Though the library doesn't serve up pictures or sounds, it does include the complete texts of 160 poems, essays, and novels about the experience of being of African descent in America.

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