Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [4 volumes]

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From the Apollo Theater to the Harlem Renaissance, from barber shop and beauty shop culture to African American holidays, family reunions, and festivals, and from the days of black baseball to the era of a black president, the culture of African Americans is truly unique and diverse. This diversity is the result of intricate customs forged in tightly woven communities—not only in the United States, but in many cases also stemming from the traditions of another continent.

Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture presents information in a traditional A–Z organization, capturing the essence of the customs of African Americans and presenting this rich cultural heritage through the lens of popular culture. Each entry includes historical and current information to provide a meaningful background for the topic and the perspective to appreciate its significance in a modern context. This encyclopedia is a valuable research tool that provides easy access to a wealth of information on the African American experience.

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Editorial Reviews

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". . . it's hard to imagine a collection that wouldn't be strengthened by this significant resource."


School Library Journal

"The design of the book is top-notch. . . . The index is thorough and can easily lead a reader to the right articles. This set will be useful for African American and popular-culture collections in academic and large public libraries."



"Whether for a student seeking biographical information on a specific African American or one needing ideas on a paper on popular culture, this set will prove useful. . . . Recommended for high school, college and public libraries."


Library Journal

"This reference book, which addresses multiple cultural influences rather than simply listing important people, could be a useful starting point for papers and projects on African American popular culture. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."



Library Journal
These four volumes—encompassing 500-plus A-to-Z signed entries by more than 40 American scholars—cover all aspects of African American popular culture through the Obama administration. Leaving few stones unturned, Smith (William & Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities, Fisk Univ.) includes topics and important figures spanning arts, legislature, media, civil rights, education, customs, music, social and economic issues, organizations, activism, and more. A guide in Volume 1 organizes entries by topic and similar subareas of popular culture. A time line from 1619 to the present gives context, while appendixes guide the reader to selected lists of African American films, radio shows, television shows, and popular culture collections. Entries range from less than a page to several pages in length and are written at the high school level, although college students and researchers will also benefit from the collocated knowledge on such a vast subject area; each entry also offers further readings, while boldface cross-references give alternate access points. BOTTOM LINE Whether for a student seeking biographical information on a specific African American or one needing ideas on a paper on popular culture, this set will prove useful. While the focus is on African Americans, readers interested in civil rights, sports, activism, music, and other areas will find the materials included relevant as well. Recommended for high school, college, and public libraries.—Sara Marcus, Queens Coll., Bayside, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313357961
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/17/2010
  • Pages: 1733
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 5.30 (d)

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