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A Pictorial History of African Americans
     

A Pictorial History of African Americans

by Langston Hughes (Editor), Milton Meltzer, C. Eric Lincoln
 

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Few books in the history of publishing have proved so useful and long-lasting as this pioneering work in the popular history of African Americans. The first edition appeared in 1956, on the eve of the civil rights revolution. A highly original attempt to portray a crucial but long-neglected part of the American past, it soon became a standard work on black history.

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Few books in the history of publishing have proved so useful and long-lasting as this pioneering work in the popular history of African Americans. The first edition appeared in 1956, on the eve of the civil rights revolution. A highly original attempt to portray a crucial but long-neglected part of the American past, it soon became a standard work on black history. Its rich variety of more than 1,300 illustrations — paintings, drawings, cartoons, prints, posters, broadsides, daguerreotypes, photographs, sheet music covers, title pages, and stills from television and films — brings home to readers young and old the look and feel of the dynamic past.

This sixth edition captures the changes on the national scene that have influenced African American life during the Reagan-Bush years and the first stages of the Clinton administration. The new text and photographs illuminate social, economic, political, and cultural trends. The authors discuss government and politics, civil rights, arts and letters, sports, labor and employment, schools, the church, and the mass media, highlighting the role of black leaders who have come to the fore in recent years.

Langston Hughes made innumerable contributions to American and world literature and culture. His poems, plays, novels, short stories, and librettos earned him many honors, beginning in the 1920s when he became a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance. By the time of his death in 1967, his work had deeply influenced writers not only at home, but in Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. One of the most original of black poets, he became known as the poet laureate of his people.

Milton Meltzer, historian andbiographer, is the author of more than eighty books for adults and young people. His work includes Black Magic: A Pictorial History of the African American in the Performing Arts (with Langston Hughes); Slavery: A World History; Frederick Douglass: In His Own Words; The Black Americans: In Their Own Words; and biographies of Langston Hughes and Mary McLeod Bethune. Among the many honors for his books are five nominations for the National Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517550724
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/13/1983
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 11.42(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

C. Eric Lincoln is professor emeritus of religion at Duke University. His definitive study of indigenous Islam, The Black Muslims in America, now in its third edition (1994), was hailed as "one of the best technical case studies in the whole literature of social science" when it was first published three decades ago. Other works include Race Religion and the Continuing America Dilemma; A Profile of Martin Luther King and The Black Church in the African American Experience (with Lawrence H. Mamiya) Dr. Lincoln is also an award-winning novelist (The Avenue, Clayton City) and a recognized poet (This Road Since Freedom). He is a social historian, novelist, and poet.

Jon Michael Spencer is professor of music, divinity, popular culture, and Afro American studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of several books on black music, including Protest and Praise: Sacred Music of Black Religion Black Hymnody: A Hymnological History of the African American Church; and Blues and Evil. He is also founder and editor of Black Sacred Music: A Journal of Theomusicology

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