Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put

Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History

by Jim Haskins, Melanie K. Reim
     
 

A biography of the son of former slaves who received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and devoted his life to bringing the achievements of his race to the world's attention.  See more details below

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A biography of the son of former slaves who received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and devoted his life to bringing the achievements of his race to the world's attention.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Throughout Black History Month, emphasis is placed on those whose contributions advanced the cause of African Americans. School children can recite the accomplishments of Frederick Douglass, Rosa, Parks, Martin Luther King, and Jackie Robinson. Few know the name of Carter G. Woodson, the man who started Black History Week in 1926. The son of slaves, Woodson grew up poor but with a passion for learning. Against all odds and after years of struggle and discrimination, he was the first African American of slave parents to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard. Frustrated by the lack of information in history books about the role of the African American in building this country, Woodson dedicated his life to research and the publication of accurate history. Each chapter is highlighted by a black-and-white painting, in the style of a mural, which when put together, tell Woodson's story as well as the African American struggle for equality. Prefaced with Art Notes, each painting is described in detail. Very readable, albeit brief, this excellent biography on a lesser known but influential American deserves a place on every biography shelf. 2000, Millbrook Press, Ages 10 to 12, $24.90. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and spent his entire adult life working to insure that black history would be included in the study of U.S. history. His life of research, writing, and teaching led to the establishment of Black History Month and the inclusion of the contributions of African Americans in scholarly books and textbooks. Haskins and Benson give a well-written, balanced portrayal of Woodson's life and achievements. Reim's six black-and-white full-page illustrations are painted with bold images in the style of modern murals. Small figures along the bottom of the paintings look up as if viewing the scene from the street. The artwork depicts aspects of Woodson's life while containing elements symbolic of the African-American struggle. The artist explains each painting in an "Art Notes" section. Patricia and Fredrick McKissack's Carter G. Woodson (Enslow, 1991) is a more simplified account for younger readers.-Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761312642
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Inspiring People Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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