Still I Rise: A Cartoon History of African Americans

Still I Rise: A Cartoon History of African Americans

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by Roland Owen Laird, Elihu Bey
     
 
A complete documentary history of African Americans in one cartoon narrative. Art Spiegelman and Larry Gonick opened the door for an all-out renaissance of the cartoon form, bringing a medieval form of history--through pictures--together with a modern sensibility. In Still I Rise Roland Laird and Elihu Bey take the form to another level, using cartoons to tell the

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A complete documentary history of African Americans in one cartoon narrative. Art Spiegelman and Larry Gonick opened the door for an all-out renaissance of the cartoon form, bringing a medieval form of history--through pictures--together with a modern sensibility. In Still I Rise Roland Laird and Elihu Bey take the form to another level, using cartoons to tell the rich history of the achievements, struggles, hopes, suffering, and triumphs of people of African descent in America. In the process, they bring to light many surprising and little-known facts of American history, making the book a joy to both those who thought they knew it all already and those learning history for the first time. As National Book Award winner Charles Johnson points out in his introduction, the history of African American cartooning is itself a vibrant one, and almost unknown. Still I Rise is a great contribution. It not only tells history, it makes history.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In comic-book form, this nonfiction work presents American history from the African American viewpoint and offers nuggets of little-known information on the impact of African Americans on American history. Though it is impossible to offer a comprehensive history in 206 pages, the Lairdspublishers of The Griots, a popular Afrocentic comic stripand freelance artist Bey have done a credible job of raising issues of concern to all Americans. While the cartoon format draws readers in, the black-and-white illustrations are often simplistic, and the character dialog doesn't expand the story but serves primarily to reiterate the narrative description. Still, this is a worthwhile acquisition for public libraries with collections of graphic narratives or African American history.Stephen Weiner, Maynard P.L., Mass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393317510
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.73(d)

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