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In spite of the month of February being designated as Black History Month, few students, regardless of race, leave school with an understanding of the depth and breadth of Black experience in America. Black History in the Pages of Children's Literature presents Black history contextualized in chapters that provide both an introduction to historical periods and an annotated bibliography of outstanding children's literature that can be used to introduce and teach the history of each period. These children's books provide stories and information that can help students develop deeper understandings of the distinct history of African Americans within the encompassing history of America. Author Rose Casement provides a complete historical timeframe from pre-colonization to the present, with chapters specifically covering the colonization of North America, the years of slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the role African Americans played in westward expansion, the Jim Crow years, and contemporary stories that depict the present. Accompanying each chapter's bibliography are notations as to the recommended grade levels for the books presented. A glossary of terms and an index are also provided for clarification and easy access to specific areas of study. Teachers, parents, librarians, and administrators who want to gain a greater understanding of Black history will find this book to be a good resource.
Casement has organized her book along a time line from the initial presence of Africans in America before colonization to the present day. Each chapter begins with a brief description of important historical events that have often been left out of our history books. This is followed by an annotated bibliography that includes excerpts from each title and a description of the content. Books listed are primarily straight nonfiction but some fantasy, realistic fiction, biography, and poetry are included. The final two chapters address criteria for selecting children's literature for classroom use and introduce several talented African-American writers and illustrators. Putting this eminently accessible book into the hands of teachers should greatly increase the use of accurate books about African Americans and help to identify and pass on a more truthful historical picture than most of us were given in school.-Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1. Africans in the Americas before Colonization Chapter 4 2. The Beginning of Slavery in the New World Chapter 5 3. African Americans and the Beginning of a New Nation Chapter 6 4. Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and the Voice of Frederick Douglass Chapter 7 5. The Civil War Era Chapter 8 6. Hope and Reconstruction after the Civil War Chapter 9 7. A Land of Promise: Exploring and Settling the West Chapter 10 8. New Laws, Old Racism: The Jim Crow Years Chapter 11 9. Gaining Community, Gaining Voice: The Harlem Renaissance, the Negro Baseball League, and War Chapter 12 10. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Struggle for Civil Rights Chapter 13 11. Telling It Like It Is: Stories of Today Chapter 14 12. Selection and Inclusion of Children's Literature about American History: A Critique Chapter 15 13. Outstanding Authors and Illustrators of Children's Literature Part 16 Glossary Part 17 Credits Part 18 Index Part 19 About the Author