The New York Public Library Amazing African American History: A Book of Answers for Kids

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Discover ancient African civilizations. Explore the devastating Middle Passage and see the famous March on Washington. Find the answers to your questions about African American history . . .

Did blacks fight in the Revolutionary War? See page 18.

What was the Underground Railroad? See page 30.

Who were the Buffalo Soldiers? See page 59.

What is the NAACP? See page 64.

What was the Harlem Renaissance? See page 77.

How did the civil rights movement begin? See page 112.

What was the Black Power movement? See page 131.

What is affirmative action? See page 146.

Presents questions and answers relating to important periods in African American history including the Revolution, Civil War, Reconstruction, Migration, and the Civil Rights Movement.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Patrick presents information beginning with Africa and slavery to the more recent black power and black pride movements. The facts are presented in a question and answer format, with other data furnished in outlined text blocks. Words that appear in the glossary are in bold face type. The concluding chapter highlights the accomplishments of blacks from many walks of life during the 1980s and 1990s. Illustrations are plentiful and feature many prominent African Americans. Teachers should add this book to their classroom collections. Glossary, bibliography, recommended reading list, and comprehensive index.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
What was the Amistad case? Who was Marcus Garvey? Who was Dorrie Miller? Who were the Little Rock Nine? Pertinent questions and answers, organized chronologically, provide facts and thumbnail sketches covering nearly 400 years of African American history. Reader friendly, with glossary, index, photographs and sidebars, this enlightening reference encourages further research and browsing.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpPatrick effectively addresses the reference/research needs, interests, and reading abilities of young adults exploring African-American history. She has taken a chronological approach to answering fundamental questions about important periods from the beginning of the African slave trade in the 1500s through the Million Man March of 1995 said to have been in 1996 in the book. Patrick provides succinct, factual responses to a host of specific and general questions from "What was the price of slaves?" to "How were race relations in the United States after World War I?" Sidebars and boxed feature articles add statistical information, biographical sketches, and key-event summaries. Political and civil rights movements and organizations, cultural contributions, and outstanding historical and contemporary leaders are described. Enhanced by black-and-white photographs, this useful resource provides information in a formal but readable style. Most answers include specific context references that offer a springboard to further research. A wealth of comprehensive resource material on African-American history has been published in recent years, but this one is a well-organized, objective, accessible guide for students who need immediate facts and a starting point for additional reading and research.Gerry Larson, Durham Magnet Center, Durham, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471192176
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: New York Public Library Books for Kids Series, #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY's bestselling reference books include The New York Public Library Desk Reference, The New York Public Library Book of Answers, and The New York Public Library Student's Desk Reference. DIANE PATRICK is the award-winning author of many books for children, including biographies of Colin Powell, Walter Dean Myers, and Toni Morrison.

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Table of Contents

From Africa to Colonial America.
From Revolution Through the Civil War.
Emancipation and Reconstruction.
Migration, Black Nationalism, and World War I. The Harlem Renaissance.
The Depression, The New Deal, and World War II.
The Civl Rights Movement.
Black Power and Black Pride.
A New Renaissance.
The New York Public Library's Recommended Reading List.
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