Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience [NOOK Book]

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Spanning nearly 400 years-from the early abolitionists to the present-Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience tells the inspiring stories that shaped the history of the black struggle for freedom. It brings people, places, and events to life. You'll learn about such mainstay figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks, but also how lesser-known figures contributed to and shaped the history of civil rights.
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Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience

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Overview

Spanning nearly 400 years-from the early abolitionists to the present-Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience tells the inspiring stories that shaped the history of the black struggle for freedom. It brings people, places, and events to life. You'll learn about such mainstay figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks, but also how lesser-known figures contributed to and shaped the history of civil rights.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
An important addition to Black History Month booklists. From the early abolitionists to the presidential nomination of Barack Obama, the authors have gathered easy-to-read articles on the essential people, places, and events of the black struggle for freedom.
Newark Star Ledger
A valuable encyclopedic work covering the Black experience in the United States from 1619 . . . through the Civil Rights Movement and to the ascendancy of Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president.
VOYA - Sarah Hill
In a uniquely organized reference book, hundreds of entries describe in detail the important people, dates, events, and places of the African American experience. Each article does not merely reiterate encyclopedic facts; rather the authors explain how each entry contributed to the African American civil rights movement. Why is the East St. Louis 1917 Race Riot important? What black journalists made significant strides in combating racism in the media? Why is Virginia State University important to the Civil Right s Movement? Famous African Americans are noted, as well as lesser known African Americans who made significant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. Articles span from the first indentured servants who arrived in Jamestown in 1619 to President Obama's rise to the presidency. Each article is signed by the author, but not all authors are listed as contributors at the beginning of the book. An extensive bibliography is included in the appendix, as well as a very detailed index, which must be used to find specific information because the book is organized into subject headings (Arts and Entertainment, Political Activists, Religion, etc.) instead of strictly in alphabetical order. Color images would have improved the book, but there are black-and-white photographs or illustrations on every few pages, as well as important quotations pulled from the text. This reference work is very beneficial to students completing research and useful for all ages. Reviewer: Sarah Hill
Library Journal

Edited and written in part by black studies scholar and university librarian Smith and historian Wynn, both at Fisk University, this one-volume encyclopedia documents African Americans' struggle for freedom, from the first slave in Jamestown, VA, in 1619 to 2008 presidential aspirant (now President-Elect) Barack Obama. The work is divided into nine chapters, with headings in alphabetical order that range from "Arts and Entertainment" and "Education" to "Organizations" and "Sports." Within each chapter, the entries-generally extending in length less than a page, a page, or a little more than a page-are further organized into subsections within chapters. The chapter on civil rights begins with a subsection ("Cities and Towns") featuring entries such as "black migration" and "Northern states." The book is replete with illustrations and photographs, while block quotes from entries are emphasized in larger point sizes and bolded. Major movements and events get greater treatment than biographies of individuals-a noteworthy strength of this work. In addition, entries on lesser-known individuals (e.g., activist William Still) are included beside those on more prominent figures like Sojourner Truth. It should also be noted that contributors are based in Tennessee.
—Kam W. Teo

School Library Journal

Adult/High School

An important addition to Black History Month booklists. From the early abolitionists to the presidential nomination of Barack Obama, the authors have gathered easy-to-read articles on the essential people, places, and events of the black struggle for freedom. Along with mainstay entries for Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Jesse Owens, the book includes many lesser-known names: abolitionist Mifflin Gibbs, documentary filmmaker Joanne Grant, and desegregation lawyer Louis L. Redding. While most entries are devoted to people, many events, organizations, or movements appear, including Tent City (1960-1962), the NAACP, and the Underground Railroad. Most are concise enough to serve as ready-reference sources and complete enough to inspire, and point to, further investigation. Because the book is arranged in thematic chapters, and then alphabetically within them, readers will have difficulty finding specific entries without using the index. The quality of the writing and research is generally good, but there are some shortcomings. The article on Muhammad Ali is less than half the length of the one for Wallace E. Perry, the first African American to participate in varsity sports at Vanderbilt. Also, the entries for Malcolm X and for John Carlos and Tommie Smith seem less than adequate, but lesser-known figures get more attention here than most general sources provide.-Robert Saunderson, formerly at Berkeley Public Library, CA

American Reference Books Annual
This title is an inexpensive alternative to the more academic titles on black history that are currently on the market. It will be especially appreciated in school libraries, community college collections, and public libraries of all sizes.
From the Publisher

"Written in a vivid and accessible style, this encyclopedia is highly recommended for high school, public, and community college libraries, where it will serve students well. . . . [U]nique effort that does equally well in libraries as it does in bookstores."— Library Journal

"Freedom Facts and Firsts is a valuable encyclopedic work covering the Black experience in the United States from 1619, when Africans were brought to Jamestown, Va., as "involuntary laborers," through the Civil Rights Movement and to the ascendancy of Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president."— Newark (NJ) Star Ledger

"An important addition to Black History Month booklists. From the early abolitionists to the presidential nomination of Barack Obama, the authors have gathered easy-to-read articles on the essential people, places, and events of the black struggle for freedom."— School Library Journal

"Hundreds of entries describe in detail the important people, dates, events, and places of the African American experience. This reference work is very beneficial to students completing research and useful for all ages."— VOYA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578592609
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,106,922
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Jessie Carney Smith is a noted African American studies scholar and a professor of humanities at Fisk University. She is the author of Black Firsts and Black Heroes. Linda T. Wynn is the assistant director for state programs at the Tennessee Historical Commission and a professor of history at Fisk University. They both live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword xv

Arts and Entertainment 1

Movements

Artists

Entertainers

Filmmakers

Films

Music

Music Entrepreneur

Singers

Literature

Writers

Civil Rights 23

Cities and Towns

Freedom Celebrations

Protests

Race Consciousness

Speeches

Education 81

Colleges and Universities

Integration of Colleges and Universities

Curriculum

Educators

School Desegregation

Protest Training School

Journalism 119

Journalists

Magazines

News Services

Newspapers

Law and Government 139

Attorneys

Civil Rights Commission

Civil Rights Laws and Cases

Executive Order

Federal Commission

Federal Officials and Intervention

The Military

Prisons

Resolutions

Organizations 195

Groups

Leaders

Political Activists 237

Abolitionists

Civil Rights Activists

Lynching Victim

Protest Letter

Religion 287

Churches

Leaders

Religious Education

Sports 315

Automobile Racing

Baseball

Basketball

Bowling

Boxing

Cycling

Football

Golf

Horse Racing

Olympics

Tennis

Sports Writers

Bibliography 349

Index 369

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