African American History For Dummies

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Understand the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans

Get to know the people, places, and events that shaped the African American experience

Want to better understand black history? This comprehensive, straight-forward guide traces the African American journey, from Africa and the slave trade through the Civil War, Jim Crow, and the new millennium. You'll be an eyewitness to the pivotal ...

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Overview

Understand the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans

Get to know the people, places, and events that shaped the African American experience

Want to better understand black history? This comprehensive, straight-forward guide traces the African American journey, from Africa and the slave trade through the Civil War, Jim Crow, and the new millennium. You'll be an eyewitness to the pivotal events that impacted America's past, present, and future - and meet the inspiring leaders who struggled to bring about change.

  • How Africans came to America
  • Black life before - and after - Civil Rights
  • How slaves fought to be free
  • The evolution of African American culture
  • Great accomplishments by black citizens
  • What it means to be black in America today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764554698
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/30/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronda Racha Penrice is a Chicago native with deep Mississippi roots who has worked with various publications, including The Quarterly Black Review of Books, Rap Pages, Essence Online, Nia Online, Creative Loafing, Africana.com, AOL Black Voices, and Uptown. The Columbia University alumna, who also attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi, has a lifelong interest in African American history and culture. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA. This is her first book.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Coming to America.

Chapter 1: The Soul of America.

Chapter 2: From Empires to Bondage: Bringing Africans to the Americas.

Chapter 3: The Founding of Black America.

Part II: Long Road to Freedom.

Chapter 4: American Slavery, American Freedom.

Chapter 5: Bringing Down the House: Marching toward Civil War and Freedom.

Chapter 6: Up from Slavery: Civil War and Reconstruction.

Part III: Pillars of Change: The Civil Rights Movement.

Chapter 7: Living Jim Crow.

Chapter 8: I, Too, Sing America: The Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1963.

Chapter 9: Turning Up the Heat (1963–1968).

Chapter 10: Where Do We Go from Here? Post–Civil Rights and Beyond.

Part IV: Cultural Foundations.

Chapter 11: Something Borrowed, Something New: Becoming African American.

Chapter 12: Somebody Say “Amen”: The Black Church.

Chapter 13: More Than Reading and Writing: Education.

Part V: A Touch of Genius: Arts, Entertainment, and Sports.

Chapter 14: Writing Down the Bones: African American Literature.

Chapter 15: The Great Black Way: Theatre and Dance.

Chapter 16: Give Me a Beat: African American Music.

Chapter 17: Black Hollywood: Film and TV.

Chapter 18: Winning Ain’t Easy: Race and Sports.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten African American Firsts.

Chapter 20: Ten African American Literary Classics.

Chapter 21: Ten Influential African American Artists.

Index.

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