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Overview

Since their first arrival in the New World, the experiences of individual ethnic groups have often been lost in the larger story of American history. Using a wide arrangement of visual tools, this atlas offers a detailed overview of the experiences and important events surrounding Americans of African descent. The atlas provides a comprehensive historical overview of what is known as the African diaspora-the spread of African people and culture throughout the Americas. It is the perfect addition to any African-American studies collection. Photographs, line graphs, charts, chronologies, box features, and maps help explore the cultural, historical, political, and social history of African Americans. Coverage also profiles key events and issues in their homeland, especially those factors that influenced their movement to the United States.
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Gr 7 Up -This thorough and comprehensive overview of the history and culture of African Americans is arranged chronologically, beginning with life in ancient Africa and continuing up to the present day. More text- and illustration-heavy than other atlases, it updates the 2001 edition with additional full-color maps (73 in all), black-and-white and color photographs, and illustrations (143 and 39, respectively); and recent events, such as the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and on the rest of the country. The book covers the slave trade through to the Civil War and its aftermath, discussing slaves' contributions to this country, Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Movement, and black political and cultural leaders. The graphs and charts are particularly informative, chronicling the slave trade (including its triangular aspect) and migration routes. Ciment includes a discussion of rap and hip-hop, with maps indicating the home cities and spheres of influence of prominent artists. Similar to Colin A. Palmer's The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (Gale, 2006), this text supplies a great deal of information and is a solid choice.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ

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Through text and a wealth of b&w and color maps and illustrations, this volume details the cultural, historical, political, and social histories and experiences of African Americans. Coverage includes the African heritage; slavery in early America; the divided nation (the Civil War, the Missouri Compromise, the abolitionist movement, and the Emancipation Proclamation); Reconstruction, the Freedman's Bureau, the sharecropping system, and African Americans and higher education; the NAACP and the Urban League, Jim Crow laws, the roles of African Americans in the world wars, in the Depression and the New Deal; the civil rights years; and the continuation of the struggle. Ciment (author of a number of historical books) also covers key events and issues in the groups' homelands, especially those factors that influenced their movements to the U.S. Oversize: 9.5x12.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816037001
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Multicultural Atlas
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 12.34 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Photos
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The African Heritage: A Short History of a Continent 1
Ch. 2 Slavery in Early America 23
Ch. 3 The Divided Nation 51
Ch. 4 Up from Slavery: African Americans in the Late 19th Century 83
Ch. 5 The "New Negro": African Americans in the Early 20th Century 115
Ch. 6 The Civil Rights Years: African Americans in the Late 20th Century 139
Ch. 7 The Struggle Continues: The Post-Civil Rights Era 175
Selected Bibliography 204
Index 210
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