Biographical Dictionary of African Americans

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For centuries African Americans have made important contributions to American culture. From Crispus Attucks, whose death marked the start of the Revolutionary War, to Oprah Winfrey, perhaps the most recognizable and influential TV personality today, black men and women have played an integral part in American history.

The Biographical Dictionary of African Americans profiles more than 230 of America's important, influential, and fascinating ...

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Overview

For centuries African Americans have made important contributions to American culture. From Crispus Attucks, whose death marked the start of the Revolutionary War, to Oprah Winfrey, perhaps the most recognizable and influential TV personality today, black men and women have played an integral part in American history.

The Biographical Dictionary of African Americans profiles more than 230 of America's important, influential, and fascinating black figures, past and present. Representing pioneers in a multitude of fields, the profiles include:

  • Activists:Angela Davis; Marcus Garvey; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Sojourner Truth; Malcolm X
  • Athletes: Hank Aaron; Althea Gibson; Michael Jordan; Jesse Owens; Tiger Woods
  • Entertainers: Marian Anderson; Whoopi Goldberg; Billie Holiday; Sidney Poitier; Queen Latifah
  • Government Officials: Barbara Jordan; Thurgood Marshall; Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; Andrew Young
  • Scientists: Benjamin Banneker; George Washington Carver; Charles Drew; Percy Julian
  • Writers: James Baldwin; Amiri Baraka; Gwendolyn Brooks; Toni Morrison; Phillis Wheatley.

Each entry includes essential biographical data as well as a concise, highly readable assessment of the subject's life and achievements. A further reading list for each person profiled and more than 80 carefully selected photographs supplement the text.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
For a Who's Who of African Americans that is easy to use and quite readable, this biographical dictionary is an excellent choice. It contains 230 entries about outstanding scientists, athletes, entertainers, politicians, musicians and writers, all of who claim an African American heritage. Black and white photographs are sprinkled throughout which add a bit of visual interest. This is not a book kids will just pick up and read, but it's one that will be quite useful in conducting research and for report writing. Every entry contains a list of additional books about the individual and some of them are children's books. Also, there are occasional references to websites. Pairing this with The Compendium of African-American Culture and History edited by Jack Salzman (Macmillan/Simon & Schuster) will greatly enrich any library's holdings relating to African Americans.
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Gr 5 Up-This easy-to-use guide updates The Biographical Dictionary of Black Americans (Facts On File, 1992). It covers 230 individuals and ranges chronologically from Colonial times to the present and represents many fields of endeavor. The entry on Sally Hemings discusses the latest DNA evidence linking her offspring to Thomas Jefferson. Contemporary scholars, such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West are also included. The additions of Queen Latifah and Tupac Shakur will especially appeal to young people. The black-and-white photographs and drawings are well chosen. All entries include books for further reading, and an extensive list of recommended resources is appended. Indexes organize the listings by area of activity, year of birth, and subject. A worthwhile purchase.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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About 50 new entries, plus occupational and chronological indexes, enhance this new edition of The Biographical Dictionary of Black Americans (1992, not reviewed). The 230 profiles comprise a representative sample of prominent African-Americans born after 1700, and are detailed enough for brief middle-grade reports. Libraries might consider this compact, utilitarian volume as a replacement for the original, or as an alternative to the four-volume African-American Biography (1994). (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 11-13) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816039036
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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