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African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence
     

African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence

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by Lean'tin Bracks, Jessie Carney Smith
 

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The most complete and affordable singlevolume reference of African American culture available today, this almanac is a unique and valuable resource devoted to illustrating and demystifying the moving, difficult, and often lost history of black life in America. A legacy of pride, struggle, and triumph spanning more than 400 years is presented through a fascinating mix

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The most complete and affordable singlevolume reference of African American culture available today, this almanac is a unique and valuable resource devoted to illustrating and demystifying the moving, difficult, and often lost history of black life in America. A legacy of pride, struggle, and triumph spanning more than 400 years is presented through a fascinating mix of biographies—including more than 750 influential figures—littleknown or misunderstood historical facts, enlightening essays on significant legislation and movements, and 150 rare photographs and illustrations. Covering events surrounding the civil rights movement; African American literature, art, and music; religion within the black community; and advances in science and medicine, this reference connects history to the issues currently facing the African American community and provides a range of information on society and culture.

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"*Starred Review* This is an affordable, concise, and overall first-rate resource for high-school, public, and academic libraries. Editors’ Choice: Reference Sources, 2012"— Booklist

"Through historical overviews and hundreds of biographies, Bracks thoughtfully illuminates "a legacy of pride, struggle, and triumph" that is part of the black experience in the US."— Choice

"excellent overview of African American contributions to the United States"— Library Journal

"This excellent reference work on the contributions of African-Americans to the history and culture of the United States provides accessible reference and biographical information on a wide range of important events and people."— Book News

"Bracks impressive work is clearly for the educated lay-person, curious researcher, or studious scholar. Bracks has done well in presenting a fair account of the topics, making this an obvious addition to high school and college libraries everywhere"— Children's Literature

"This almanac highlights the considerable contributions African Americans have made to the fabric of U.S. society and culture. Perhaps most inspiring about this collection is that it also features the lives of lesser known leaders, artists, and political figures who may have been forgotten if it were not for their inclusion."— The Children's Book Review

"A one of a kind fantastic book of reference.... It renders a profound look at history by way of the African American experience."— Birmingham Times

"Celebrating centuries of achievements, the African American Almanac provides insights on the influence, inspiration, and impact of African Americans on U.S. society and culture."— Denver Urban Spectrum

VOYA - Beth Andersen
This one-volume reference combines lengthy essays that introduce each of its eleven sections: Africans in America; Civil Rights; Education; Religion; Literature; Business Entrepreneurs/Media; Performing and Visual/Applied Arts; Music; Science, Technology, Inventors, and Explorers; Sports; and Military. The essays are followed by several short biographies, accompanied by photos or paintings of prominent African Americans in each field. That is the good news. The bad news is that this source has great potential but reads like a work-in-progress. Several glaring omissions make one wish for an explanation of the selection criteria. Anita Hill has her own entry, but Clarence Thomas does not. Cory Booker (Newark, New Jersey's dynamic mayor) is also missing. Where is Congressman (MN) Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in the House of Representatives, or PBS's Gwen Ifill, or Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist Eugene Robinson, or the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin? Finding entries is extremely difficult, given the absence of a table of contents or an index, nor is there a foreword. While the price is right for cash-strapped school media centers, this volume is not ready for any collection. Hopefully that will change, especially because its possible usefulness to twenty-first-century education is on track, given that the author is making it available in multiple formats (PDF, Kindle, and ePUB). Reviewer: Beth Andersen
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Thank goodness for the index! More of an encyclopedia of African Americans than an almanac, as there is no obvious chronology; Bracks impressive work is clearly for the educated lay-person, curious researcher, or studious scholar. Her presentation is logical, though it can be perplexing trying to find an individual without using the index, as the options are not quite as straightforward as they could be. Some of the entries are diverse enough to have significant contributions in more than one area. The chapter explanations, or summaries, are thoroughly researched and, except for some overlooked typos, Bracks has done well in presenting a fair account of the topics, making this an obvious addition to high school and college libraries everywhere. Some concerns should be noted as this is by no means exhaustive of prominent and/or famous African Americans: there is no mention of Barry White among musicians, or author Walter Dean Myers. While having this book for only a few weeks, substantial wear is already evident on the pages, aging this book long before its time. The cover and spine seem stable enough, but it is worth mentioning this work (paperback) may need repairs sooner rather than later. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
Library Journal
The opening chapter of Bracks's (arts & languages, English, Fisk Univ.; Writings on Black Women of the Diaspora: History, Language, and Identity) concise almanac examines the arrival of the first Africans to the Americas and the rise of black nationalism after the Civil War. Subsequent chapters cover topics such as civil rights, politics, education, religion, literature, sports, and the military. Each chapter begins with a history of major associated events and people and ends with a series of biographies, some of which lack sufficient detail. For example, the entry on Ida B. Wells-Barnett provides too little about her antilynching campaign. The piece on Charles Drew doesn't mention that Drew resigned as director of the U.S. National Blood Bank program during World War II because he objected to the segregation of blood donations from whites and African Americans. BOTTOM LINE This mostly excellent overview of African American contributions to the United States will be a welcome addition to school, public, and community college libraries.—Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of South Florida Polytechnic, Lakeland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578593804
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
654,048
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author


Lean’tin Bracks, is chair of the department of arts and languages at Fisk University and has published numerous biographies, critical reviews, and scholarly perspectives, including, African American National Biography, The Black Scholar, Contemporary African-American Novelists, Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, and Notable African American Men. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Jessie Carney Smith is a William and Camille Cosby Professor at Fisk University and has published more than 20 books. Her works include, Black Firsts, Black Genealogy, Black Heroes, Encyclopedia of African American Business, Epic Lives, Freedom Facts, Notable Black American Men, Notable Black American Women, and Powerful Black Women, She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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