Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events

Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events

by Jessie Carney Smith
     
 

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Achievements, pride, and accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Events. This new edition collects and celebrates the thousands of world-moving people and hard-to-find facts and accomplishments that have helped shape society and culture. It recognizes andSee more details below

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Achievements, pride, and accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Events. This new edition collects and celebrates the thousands of world-moving people and hard-to-find facts and accomplishments that have helped shape society and culture. It recognizes and honors both renowned and lesser-known barrier-breaking trailblazers in all fields—arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, invention, journalism, religion, science, sports, music, and more. With more than 350 photos and illustrations, this vital collection includes thousands of personal victories and triumphs. Revel and rejoice in the hard work accomplished by these men and women who overcame adversity and difficulties. Read about change, progress, and the pioneers, such as Who was the black explorer who joined the Lewis and Clark expedition? Who was the black hero who sacrificed himself at the Boston Massacre, an event that would help inspire the American Revolution? Which two songs by Black Americans are the first to reach outer space? Who were the Tuskegee Airmen and why are they so famous? Why was Hattie McDaniel’s performance in Gone with the Wind significant? What movie featured the first black female lead in a Disney animated feature?

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Editorial Reviews

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"The third edition of this invaluable resource of African American achievements updates the previous edition. Recommended for anyone from elementary-school age to adults who are interested in African American history."— Booklist

"In the new book Black Firsts by Jessie Carney Smith, you’ll find information on tens of thousands of folks who’ve gone before you – in a good way."— Bookworm Sez

"Black Firsts is a book full of hope."— Chicago Sun-Times

"A superb historical study of black achievement."— Houston Chronicle

"The well-researched sketches provide a great deal of information. This is an excellent resource for starting research on black history, but its sheer volume may be overwhelming to casual researchers. The lesser-known figures, however, make the title worth digging into."— Library Journal

"An exhaustive listing of the accomplishments of black Americans in the arts, business, education, the military, medicine and science, and sports."— Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"This authoritative work, with its brief biographies of many accomplished and famous African-Americans, is one that writers, researchers, and libraries will want to keep close at hand for its valuable information."— Richmond Times-Dispatch

"This is a must-have reference."— St. Paul Pioneer Press

"...comprehensively catalogs the achievements of everybody from Hank Aaron to Bruce Yuille..."— Syracuse Post-Standard

"An excellent reference source, but, more than most such encyclopedia collections, it also can be read."— The Salt Lake Tribune

Library Journal
Carney presents major accomplishments ranging from firsts in cartooning and jazz to sporting firsts for jockeys in the Kentucky Derby. Brief profiles are presented chronologically and cover major figures such as Michael Jackson and Jackie Robinson as well as lesser-known figures such as Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first black member of a varsity collegiate baseball club. Entries, several of which offer photos of their subjects, range in length from a few sentences to a full paragraph and each includes information on primary sources of data. The well-researched sketches provide a great deal of information in an economical space. Of particular note is the section on military firsts, which includes those who have served in wars from the American Revolution through the present, among them James T. Whitehead, the first black pilot of a U-2 spy plane, and Hazel Winifred Johnson, the first black woman to achieve the rank of general in the Army. VERDICT This is an excellent resource for starting research on black history, but its sheer volume may be overwhelming to casual researchers. The lesser-known figures, however, make the title worth digging into.—Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Lib., Houston, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578593699
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Edition description:
Third Edition, Third edition
Pages:
700
Sales rank:
699,482
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)

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"Black Firsts remains an important part of the reference collection, and school, public, and academic libraries will welcome this updated version."  —Booklist

"An exhaustive listing of the accomplishments of black Americans in the arts, business, education, the military, medicine and science, and sports."  —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"This authoritative work, with its brief biographies of many accomplished and famous African Americans, is one that writers, researchers, and libraries will want to keep close at hand for its valuable information."  —Richmond Times-Dispatch

"This is a must-have reference."  —St. Paul Pioneer Press

"The well-researched sketches provide a great deal of information. This is an excellent resource for starting research on black history, but its sheer volume may be overwhelming to casual researchers. The lesser-known figures, however, make the title worth digging into." —Library Journal (December 2012)

"The book itself is an achievement. . . . It is a treasure trove of information about black history and surely an inspiration." —www.BookViewsByAlanCaruba.blogspot.com

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