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VOYAThese 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.