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The African American Experience

The African American Experience

by Sandra Donovan
     
 

Supplemented with quotes and engaging articles from USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, The African American Experience shines a spotlight on African Americans and their many exciting contributions to U.S. society. From musicians and athletes to media and political leaders, African American people enrich American life.

Writers such as Maya Angelou and Toni

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Supplemented with quotes and engaging articles from USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, The African American Experience shines a spotlight on African Americans and their many exciting contributions to U.S. society. From musicians and athletes to media and political leaders, African American people enrich American life.

Writers such as Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison offer eye-opening glimpses into their lives and cultural history. Baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson, tennis stars Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, and golf great Tiger Woods smashed cultural and racial barriers in professional sports. Artists such as W. C. Handy, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson dramatically changed the world's musical landscape, while actor and media mogul Oprah Winfrey shaped television, film, and publishing. Political leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama wrought major shifts in U.S. society and government.

Read this informative title to learn more about how African Americans contribute to the United States' cultural mosaic, enriching our nation with a wide range of traditions, customs, and life experiences.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
The author highlights the contributions that African Americans have made and are making to America. It starts with an introduction of how and why Africans came to the United States and how they were used as slaves for landowners on plantations. Since most came from different parts of Africa they were unable to communicate with one another. They were forced to give up their traditions and learn a new language. They did manage to maintain some of their traditions and customs through storytelling. After the Civil War things began to change for African Americans. They were free and able to move away from plantations, mostly to northern cities. They have made contributions to the United States through the arts, literature, music, stage and screen, painting, sculpture and photography. Articles from USA Today are included highlighting various aspects of African American life. Contributions of athletes, Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson, Serena and Venus Williams, Chuck Cooper and Debi Thomas are covered. Religion played a significant part in African American culture and it still does today. Their singing is mixed with Christian and African traditions. Food, particularly at holidays is a celebratory event. Additional famous African Americans are included at the end of the book along with resources for further cultural exploration. Reviewer: Leila Toledo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761340843
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
USA TODAY Cultural Mosaic Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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