Against All Opposition: Black Explorers in America

Against All Opposition: Black Explorers in America

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by Jim Haskins, James Haskins
     
 

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Long before 1492, African sailors and travelers, many of them slaves or servants, helped to discover new worlds. Many black adventurers have passed unsung into history, and yet they played vital roles in innumerable explorations. Renowned author Jim Haskins describes the feats of those whose imagination and courage led them to new worlds, against all opposition.

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Long before 1492, African sailors and travelers, many of them slaves or servants, helped to discover new worlds. Many black adventurers have passed unsung into history, and yet they played vital roles in innumerable explorations. Renowned author Jim Haskins describes the feats of those whose imagination and courage led them to new worlds, against all opposition.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-- Haskins hits the bullseye again, producing a readable, informative collective biography of black explorers and adventurers. Students familiar with his previous work will note once more the crisp, flowing prose that incorporates telling details and cogent quotations, bringing his subjects to life and giving their toils meaning and relevance. In a non-didactic manner, he uses these people's lives to demontrate that goals, ideals, and hard work can contribute to the expanding of the frontiers of all types of knowledge, regardless of race, gender, or nationality. Included are Estevanico, who searched for Cibola with Cabeza de Vaco; Jean Baptiste Point de Sable, founder of Chicago; York, who accompanied Lewis and Clark; mountain man James P. Beckwourth; Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole; and astronauts Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr. and Ronald McNair. These explorers, as well as those of the present and future, says Haskins, ``. . . go forth not for glory; rather, they have a vision of the world, a vision of discovery.'' --David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, WA
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“Haskins hits the bullseye again, producing a readable, informative collective biography. . . . Students familiar with his previous work will note once more the crisp, flowing prose that incorporates telling details and cogent quotations, bringing his subjects to life and giving their toils meaning and relevance.” —School Library Journal

“Enlightening [and] inspirational.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802776723
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Haskins is the author of over one hundred books and has an unrivaled background in writing African-American nonfiction for young readers. Among his many awards is the "Coretta Scott King Medal", which he received in 1977 for The Story of Stevie Wonder. Since then, he has won six Honor citations. Mr. Haskins splits his time between Gainesville, Florida, and New York City.

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Against All Opposition: Black Explorers in America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it such a sad book and the movie is sader