Pillars in Ethiopian History explores the mysteries that intrigued William Leo Hansberry in more than fifty years of scholarly research. Edited by Joseph E. Harris, Pillars in Ethiopian History is a richly documented examination of the myth and legend surrounding one of the African continent's most dynamic countries. The book consists of four of Hansberry's lectures on the theme of Ethiopian history—the Queen of Sheba legend, the origin and development of Ethiopian Christianity, medieval international relations, and the Prester John legend.
This is Volume One of The William Leo Hansberry African History Notebook. Considered by many to be the father of African studies, William Leo Hansberry laid the foundation for the systematic study of African history, culture and politics in thirty-seven years of teaching at Howard University. Hansberry received the highest civilian award (First African Research Award from the Haile Selassie I Prize Trust) from the Ethiopian government in 1964. The Hansberry Institute of African Studies at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka is testament to Hansberry's significance in the area of African Studies. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University,
Joseph E. Harris received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Howard University and his Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University. He was formerly the chairman of the Department of History at Howard University and has taught at the University of Nairobi. Prior to coming to Howard, Harris was professor of history at Williams College. He is currently professor of history at Howard University.