Discover why young people all over the country are reading the Black Stars biographies of African American heroes.
Here is what you want to know about the lives of brave black men and women during the Civil War and Reconstruction:
dr. alexander t. augusta
thomas "blind tom" greene bethune
senator blanche kelso bruce
francis louis cardozo
major martin robison delany
sarah mapps douglass
sergeant major christian a. fleetwood
charlotte forten grimke
frances e. w. harper
john p. parker
governor pinckney benton stewart pinchback
dr. charles burleigh purvis
congressman robert smalls
lieutenant peter vogelsang
booker t. washington
sergeant george washington williams
granville t. woods
"The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid."
-Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine
"Inspiring stories that demonstrate what can happen when ingenuity and tenacity are paired with courage and hard work."
-Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children's Books
"Haskins has chosen his subjects well . . . catching a sense of the enormous obstacles they had to overcome. . . . Some names are familiar, but most are little-known whom Haskins elevates to their rightful place in history."
"The broad coverage makes this an unusual resource-a jumping-off point for deeper studies."
This informative book on contributions made by black people during Civil War times was written by several people, but edited by Jim Haskins. Twenty-three people are highlighted, from Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass, to little known ones with the names of Dr. Alexander T. Augusta and Elijah McCoy. They came from all walks of life. Some were teachers and nurses. One was a dressmaker, another an inventor, another a pianist, and one a doctor. But they all had one thing in common. They were working toward the abolishment of slavery, either by protecting runaway slaves, speaking out against slavery, or leading productive lives. This is a good book that recognizes the hard work of black people succeeding in a difficult time. Sidebars accompany the text along with black and white photographs and drawings. A chronology and notes are also included. 2003, John Wiley and Sons, Yannuzzi
Black Stars biographies are written by leading African American children's book writers.
General Editor Jim Haskins has written more than 100 nonfiction books for young readers. A professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Haskins has won numerous awards, including the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award.