Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage


One of the most ambitious projects of its kind for young readers, The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage contains a wealth of information on African and American history, politics, and culture. Lively, comprehensive, and informative entries are complemented by photographs, maps, and numerous recommendations for further reading.
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One of the most ambitious projects of its kind for young readers, The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage contains a wealth of information on African and American history, politics, and culture. Lively, comprehensive, and informative entries are complemented by photographs, maps, and numerous recommendations for further reading.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Lewis Howard Latimer was a creator and inventor of the Latimer Lamp, an invention that improved light bulbs by revising the way the carbon filaments give off light. Mr. Latimer is one of many African-Americans included in this extensive encyclopedia. Everyday research paper topics are included here such as slavery, Kwanzaa, and the Ku Klux Klan. You will also find information on little known practices, such as "scarification" prevalent in many African tribes. This volume includes musicians, sports personalities and politicians, and provides thorough coverage of the culture. Many entries include suggestions for further reading. Students looking for research material will find this book to be a useful preliminary step to further research. A valuable addition to the middle school and high school reference collection.
VOYA - Paula J. Lacey
This new African-American encyclopedia differs from Gale's well-known African American Almanac in scope as well as in size. In her wide-ranging reference work, Altman has chosen to include the African continent, African Americans, and Africans who emigrated to other parts of the world during the African Diaspora. This encyclopedia is much smaller than the Gale volume, and subsequently, much cheaper. The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage is arranged alphabetically, and article length ranges from six pages (Education) to one paragraph (Aretha Franklin), while most entries run about one-third of a page. Altman includes each current African country and its major tribes, as well as ancient kingdoms such as Kush (750 B.C. to 300 A.D). There are entries for a selection of past and present political, social, and cultural leaders, both African and African-American. To illustrate the difference in scope between this book and the Gale almanac: Altman's book contains entries for Mansa Kankan Musa (Mali king who came to power in 1312), Lalibela (Ethiopian king 1200-1250), and James Ngugi (Kenyan novelist), which are not found in the Almanac; the Almanac contains much more in-depth information on African-American culture and history. This book was reviewed from an uncorrected galley proof, which precludes any evaluative comments on the one hundred photographs or the index. The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage will be welcomed by smaller school and public libraries that cannot afford the Almanac, and it will be a useful companion volume for libraries who own the Almanac. Index. Illus. Maps.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 UpBlack history in America and its rich African heritage in a one-volume encyclopedia? Yes, and well done to boot! In a clear, succinct style, Altman provides a wealth of information on individuals, peoples, places, events, movements, groups, legal cases, and terms. The emphasis is on African-American political and intellectual history but the author doesn't neglect people and events outside this focus"Nat Love," "rap," etc. In addition, the history and culture of Africa, the African Diaspora, and individual African nations are included. Entries are alphabetical with most ranging between 150-200 words, although some are longer. Several subjects, such as "education" and "slavery," are covered at length. Entries are only disappointing when they are too short, such as the coverage of the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement. However, "see" and "see-also" references and/or lists of "recommended listening" and recommended reading are included for many of the articles. An extensive, up-to-date bibliography and accurate index conclude the volume. Illustrative material is limited primarily to dark black-and-white photos and a few maps. A welcome addition to any collection or classroom.Daryl Grabarek, Brooklyn Public Library
A reference for young readers which chronicles more than a millennium of history lived by Africans in Africa and the US. Entries range from civil rights leaders, educators, scientists, musicians, artists, athletes, and military figures to profiles of the 52 nations and the major cities of Africa, as well as major historical empires and kingdoms. B&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Offers a wealth of information on both African and African American history, politics, culture, people, and places. Entries describe the rich tapestry woven by Africans, from those who remained on their ancestral continent, to those who were forced to leave their homes, and to the great strides being made by African Americans today. New to this edition are entries on affirmative action, criminal justice, labor, and property rights. This edition also contains an expanded art programs with 52 new b&w photos and 6 new maps. Altman is author of two books for young readers on the Black American experience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816032891
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2008


    This book is a must for every family in america. This should not just be for african-american families. We hear about all the same popular people of color all the time, but what about everybody else? Them and some of their friends are outlined in this book along with some information you may not have known about. Hope you have some spare time on your hand because once you start with this informational piece it will become a best selling novel and you will not be able to put it down. Thank you...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004


    I wish I had this book when I was in grammar school. It was just a huge relief to open the package. I'm reading this thing like it's the best novel in the world and I've never been a history fan. If it wasn't English, it wasn't me but I'm reading about a new person once a day everyday trying to learn all the things that I didn't get to learn in grammar school, high school,and the first college I went to.

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