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Title:
African Americans
ISBN:
9780764156281
Edition:
1st ed. for the U.S., its territories and dependencies, and Canada.
Publication Information:
Hauppauge, NY : Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2003.
Physical Description:
128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm.
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Summary

They arrived in North America as slaves of the first European settlers, and their history is largely one of hardship and injustice. Here is their story, including their emancipation in the 1860s, their leadership in the civil rights movement of a century later--but also their artists, intellectuals, musicians, educators, military heroes, athletes, and social leaders. There are brief, vivid sketches of important individuals, including Sojourner Truth, Ralph Ellison, Louis Armstrong, Martin Luther King, Jr., Colin Powell, and others.

This important new series documents and dramatizes the immigration experience of untold numbers of men, women, and children who arrived in America from the four corners of the world. As they assimilated into American society, they enriched the nation's character and experience. Many of America's immigrants passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Center in New York Harbor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. What were the initial hopes and fears of these new arrivals? Where did they first settle, and what kinds of work did they find? Which elements from their various cultures have since blended into the national scene and helped reshape what has become modern America? The first titles in this dramatic series bring alive the experiences of four important ethnic groups, with contemporary photos and first-person accounts of their dramatic, life-changing experiences. Readers glimpse each group's social customs, family life, traditional food and drink, festivals, and much more. There are also brief but vivid capsule biographies of famous individuals who rose to prominence from each ethnic group. Approximately 150 illustrations in each book.


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Gr 4-7-Straightforward histories of specific individuals or groups of people who came to America. Boyle discusses the horrific Atlantic passage experienced by those in chains and incorporates a number of firsthand accounts of slavery. He also covers the African-American fight for freedom and civil rights. Stein addresses oppression and poverty in Russia, Poland, Germany, and other parts of Europe. Discussions of the transatlantic journey, passing through Ellis Island, and the process of immigrants establishing themselves as Americans are also included. Each book presents information on writers, singers, actors, sports figures, politicians, and other individuals, though not necessarily immigrants themselves, who have had an impact on American culture. The experiences of African Americans and Jewish Americans are also covered in the "Cultures of America" series (Benchmark). While current issues and problems are not discussed in these two titles, each one has an excellent chapter on "Family and Community." The books are rich in quality color and black-and-white archival photographs and reproductions, but the font size is small and even smaller in the narrative inserts and captions.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.