Student Almanac of African American History [2 volumes]

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This two-volume set teaches students about the early days of the slave trade and the contributions made by Africans—both free and enslaved—to the greatest moments of American history. Students will learn about the fight against slavery, the laws that made African Americans less than equal even after slavery was abolished, and the continuing struggle for civil rights. The volumes also cover the many remarkable African-American achievements in science, the arts, business, and ...

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Overview

This two-volume set teaches students about the early days of the slave trade and the contributions made by Africans—both free and enslaved—to the greatest moments of American history. Students will learn about the fight against slavery, the laws that made African Americans less than equal even after slavery was abolished, and the continuing struggle for civil rights. The volumes also cover the many remarkable African-American achievements in science, the arts, business, and popular culture.

The history of African Americans is rich, vast, and sometimes overwhelmingly complex for students approaching the subject for the first time. This two-volume set begins with an overview essay of the remarkable history of African Americans, from the earliest days of slavery to the stories, figures, achievements, and continued struggles of the present day. An integrated timeline and A-Z section of key events, issues, groups, and terms—including relevant court cases and legislation regarding African Americans—clearly present significant historical aspects for students. Important primary source documents are highlighted in sidebars throughout each volume. Special care is taken, particularly with older documents, to excerpt enough material to contextualize quotes and make them more understandable, but not so much material that young readers lose interest in a sea of daunting language. Unfamiliar terms are further explained in call out boxes that define each term, and the terms are also supplemented by a glossary.

Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1492-1876

Volume 2: From Reconstruction to Today, 1877-Present

Set Features:

• 288 pages in 2 volumes

• 7 x 10

• 2-color interior

• 100 Photographs

• 40 Maps, Charts, and Graphs

• Sidebars and Fact boxes

• Timelines

• Primary Documents

• Glossary

• Index

Curriculum Themes:

• African peoples coming to America

• History of slavery in the United States

• Civil War and its impact on African Americans

• Segregation & civil rights

• African Americans today (struggles & contributions)

Reading Level: 6th-8th Grades

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
These two slim volumes, geared toward middle and junior high school students, provide an introductory overview of African American history from the years 1492 through 2001. Each volume is arranged alphabetically, with entries ranging in length from a single paragraph to several pages. Subtitled From Slavery to Freedom, the first volume covers the period from 1492-1876, with references to people and topics from slavery in Colonial America to the Revolutionary War and concluding with the Civil War and Reconstruction. The second volume, From Reconstruction to Today, carries the reader through the late-nineteenth century, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and up to the present day. Ample drawings, maps, black-and-white photographs, and other illustrations add to the visual appeal of this easy-to-navigate and very readable reference tool. Within individual entries, items in gold bold typeface refer readers to additional pages for more detail. Added features include a time line and sidebars containing personal narratives as well as expanded coverage of critical documents, a glossary, an extensive list of resources in multiple formats, and a bibliography. The index for each volume covers entries contained in both. Highlighting the achievements of African Americans in science, the arts, business, and popular culture, this set will be a welcome addition to the shelves of both school and public libraries. 2003, Greenwood, 288p. in 2 vols.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Chronlogy., PLB. Ages 11 to 15.
—Cindy Lombardo
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-This basic overview covers the history of African Americans in the U.S. from 1492 to the present. Each straightforward chapter introduces a time period through a short narrative essay followed by an A-to-Z section outlining the important figures and terms. While this set can be used to answer reference questions, the arrangement doesn't lend itself to easy use. Text boxes on such topics as the Emancipation Proclamation and excerpts from primary sources including resolutions, diaries, letters, and rulings can be found throughout the set along with time lines, maps, and charts. There are quality black-and-white reproductions and photographs and or sideboxes with decorative borders on nearly every spread. A resources section includes CDs, audio selections, videos, and Web sites and books. Each volume includes an individual glossary and a set index. Many other titles on African-American history are more comprehensive; however, collections needing resources for introductory reports might want to consider this set. It will appeal to students intimidated by weightier titles.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313325960
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2003
  • Series: Middle School Reference Series
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 10.48 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume I: From Slavery to Freedom, 1492-1876

Volume II: From Reconstruction to Today, 1877-Present

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