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Title:
The handy African American history answer book
ISBN:
9781578594528
Publication Information:
Detroit : Visible Ink Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
xxxvi, 395 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents:
Introduction : Upon Americas Shores : Beginning the Black Experience -- Arts and Entertainment -- Business and Commerce -- Civil Rights and Protests -- Education -- Journalism -- Literature -- Military -- Music -- Organizations -- Politics and Government -- Religion -- Science, Inventions, Medicine, and Aerospace -- Sports.
Summary:
"Walking readers through a rich but often overlooked part of American history, this compendium addresses the people, times, and events that influenced and changed African American history. An overview of major biographical figures and history-making events is followed by a deeper look at the development in the arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, music, government, journalism, religion, science, sports, and more. Mimicking the a broad range of the African American experience, showcasing interesting insights and facts, this helpful reference answers a wide variety of questions including What is the significance of the Apollo Theater? What were the effects of the Great Depression on black artists? Who were some of America's early free black entrepreneurs? What is the historical role of the barbershop in the African American community? and What was Black Wall Street? Blending trivia with historical review in an engaging question-and-answer format, this book is perfect for browsing and is ideal for history buffs, trivia fans, students and teachers and anyone interested in a better and more thorough understanding of history of black Americans"--
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Walking readers through a rich but often overlooked part of American history, this compendium addresses the people, times, and events that influenced and changed African American history. An overview of major biographical figures and history-making events is followed by a deeper look at the development in the arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, music, government, journalism, religion, science, sports, and more. Mimicking the a broad range of the African American experience, showcasing interesting insights and facts, this helpful reference answers a wide variety of questions including What is the significance of the Apollo Theater? What were the effects of the Great Depression on black artists? Who were some of America's early free black entrepreneurs? What is the historical role of the barbershop in the African American community? and What was Black Wall Street? Blending trivia with historical review in an engaging question-and-answer format, this book is perfect for browsing and is ideal for history buffs, trivia fans, students and teachers and anyone interested in a better and more thorough understanding of history of black Americans.


Author Notes

Jessie Carney Smith, PhD, is a noted author, biographer, and black studies scholar whose work includes Black Heroes, Black Firsts, and Freedom Facts and Firsts. She is the William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Fisk University in Nashville, where she also serves as the university librarian. Among her numerous awards are the 1992 National Women's Book Association Award, the Candace Award for excellence in education, and Sage magazine's Ann J. Cooper Award for her publishedworks on African American women. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


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Booklist Review

Ever wanted to know where the phrase 40 acres and a mule came from? Who the Buffalo Soldiers were? What the Harlem Renaissance was? This book provides the answers to these questions and more about African American life and history. Presented in a question-and-answer format and arranged loosely by topic, this reference resource covers the contributions that enslaved and free African Americans made to U.S. society in such categories as arts and entertainment, literature, politics and government, education, and religion. Good for young adults who are interested in African American history and are just getting started on the subject.--Ashwell, Sylvia Copyright 2010 Booklist