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Strange fruit. Volume II, More uncelebrated narratives from Black history
ISBN:
9781938486579
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106 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
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Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History is a collection of stories from early African American history that represent the oddity of success in the face of great adversity. Each of the eight illustrated chapters chronicles an uncelebrated African American hero or event. Joel Christian Gill offers historical and cultural commentary on heroes whose stories are not often found in history books, such as Cathay Williams, the only known female Buffalo Soldier, and Eugene Bullard, a fighter pilot who flew for France during World War I. These beautifully illustrated stories offer a refreshing look at remarkable African Americans.
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Like all legends, people fade away, but not before leaving an incredible legacy. Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History is a collection of stories from early African American history that represent the oddity of success in the face of great adversity. Each of the eight illustrated chapters chronicles an uncelebrated African American hero or event. Joel Christian Gill offers historical and cultural commentary on heroes whose stories are not often found in history books, such as Cathay Williams, the only known female Buffalo Soldier, and Eugene Bullard, a fighter pilot who flew for France during World War I. These beautifully illustrated stories offer a refreshing look at remarkable African Americans.

The stories included in Volume II are: Jourdan Anderson who requested payment from his former slave owner; Stagecoach Mary Fields, the first African-American female star route mail carrier; Willie Kennard, the Sheriff of the Colorado gold mining town of Yankee Hill; Cathay Williams, the only known female Buffalo Soldier; Blind Tom Wiggins, an autistic musical prodigy; Millie and Christine McCoy, conjoined twins known as "The Two-Headed Nightingale"; Victor Green, the creator and publisher of "The Green Book for the Negro Motorist"; and Eugene Bullard, a fighter pilot who flew for France during WWI.


Author Notes

Joel Christian Gill is the Chair of Foundations at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and recipient of the 2016 Boston University College of Fine Arts Alumni Award. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History , Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth, no. 1 , and Bessie Stringfield: Tales of the Talented Tenth, no. 2 . Joel received his MFA from Boston University and a BA from Roanoke College. His secret lair is behind a secret panel in the kitchen of his house (sold separately) in New Boston, New Hampshire. For more information about Joel Christian Gill, reread this paragraph and enjoy. Joel Christian Gill believes that 28 days are not enough when it comes to Black History. Join the discussion on social media by following Joel's #28DaysAreNotEnough, his call-to-action about Black History. Visit his website at www.joelchristiangill.com or connect with him on Twitter (@jcg007).


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-In this outstanding follow-up to 2015's Volume 1, Gill again elevates previously uncelebrated figures from black American history in short illustrated stories. The conversational writing style and the design, featuring colorful illustrations, text blocks, speech bubbles, and asides, make these accounts incredibly engaging. The author/illustrator focuses on subjects who lived during the Civil War, the early 20th century, and World War II and profiles an equal number of men and women, including musical prodigy Stagecoach Mary Fields, conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy, and Jourdon Anderson, author of "one of the most gracious clapbacks in history." Gill ably documents his subjects with humor and liveliness, offering a captivating and original take on history. However, his chapter on Blind Tom Wiggins, a talented musician who was blind and autistic, lacks nuance. Gill's characterization of Wiggins as a gifted savant is simplistic; he includes but never questions a quote from Mark Twain about Wiggins ("a harmless idiot to whom all sound was music, and the imitation of them an unceasing delight") and glosses over Wiggins's owners' manipulation. VERDICT A great addition to history or graphic novel collections.-Ann Foster, Saskatoon Public Library, Sask. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

Blind Tom Wiggins, a musical prodigy with autism; Eugene Bullard, the first black fighter pilot; Cathay Williams, who hid her gender to fight in the Civil War as the only known female "Buffalo soldier"; and five more extraordinary individuals star in this second engaging story collection about lesser-known African American heroes of past centuries. Simple, dramatic color art with maps and contextual details. Tweens and up. (Xpress Reviews 4/6/18) © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.