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OLIVA, Anderson Ribeiro. African History at school: representations and imprecision in the didactics literature. Estud. afro-asiát. [online]. 2003, vol.25, n.3, pp. 421-461. ISSN 0101-546X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-546X2003000300003.
The approval of the 10639/03 law, which made compulsory the teaching of African and African-descendants history, has brought some uneasiness and many questions to the academic sphere. How is it possible to teach something we do not know? Besides this questioning, the law comes up with something that African history specialists have been warning us for a long time: we "forgot" to study the African continent. Beginning from these facts, the article's objective is to analyze how the African history and the Africans have been represented in the very few history books, made in Brazil, in which the African theme is brought up in a specific chapter. The many critics and short complements towards these books, should not be interpreted as lack of consideration to the authors' work, but as an alert: we have to turn our attention to Africa, considering its unquestionable relevance as a stage to human actions and because of the deep relations we have with that continent through the Atlantic.
Keywords : African History; representations; history teaching; African historiography; Africans.