African American Inventors

African American Inventors

by Otha Richard Sullivan, Jim Haskins (Editor)


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Meet the black inventors who lived their dreams—from the early years to modern times

Benjamin Banneker

Andrew Jackson Beard

George E. Carruthers, Ph.D.

George Washington Carver

Michael Croslin, Ph.D.

David Nelson Crosthwait Jr.

Charles Richard Drew, M.D.

Meredith Gourdine, Ph.D.

Claude Harvard

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

Frederick McKinley Jones

Percy Lavon Julian, Ph.D.

Ernest Everett Just, Ph.D.

Lewis Howard Latimer

Jan Earnst Matzeliger

Elijah McCoy

Benjamin Montgomery

John P. Moon

Garrett Augustus Morgan

Norbert Rillieux

Earl D. Shaw, Ph.D.

Madame C. J. Walker

Daniel Hale Williams, M.D.

Granville T. Woods

Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.

For more than three centuries, African American inventors have been coming up with ingenious ideas. In fact, it is impossible to really know American history without also learning about the contributions of black discoverers. This collection brings their stories to life.

In every era, black inventors have made people's lives safer, more comfortable, more convenient, and more profitable. This inspiring, comprehensive collection shines history's spotlight on these courageous inventors and discoverers. One by one, they persevered, despite prejudice and obstacles to education and training. These stories show you how:
* Benjamin Montgomery, born a slave, invented a propeller that improved steamboat navigation.
* Jan Earnst Matzeliger, the son of a Dutch engineer, invented a machine that revolutionized the shoe manufacturing industry.
* Madame C. J. Walker, born two years after the Civil War emancipated her parents, invented a product that helped make her a millionaire.
* Dr. George E. Carruthers, an astrophysicist, invented the lunar surface ultraviolet camera/spectrograph for Apollo 16.
* Dr. Jane Cooke Wright, a third-generation physician and pioneer in the field of cancer research discovered a method for testing which drugs to use to fight specific cancers. Dr. Wright became the first woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society and the first African American woman to serve as dean of a medical college.

This outstanding collection brings to light these and dozens of other exciting and surprising tales of inventors and discoverers who lived their dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118115992
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Series: Black Stars Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 749,755
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

OTHA RICHARD SULLIVAN, Ed.D., is a former science teacher and is currently a middle school guidance counselor. As head of Detroit's program to infuse African American history into the public school curriculum, he instructs teachers on how to incorporate African American scientific history into their classes.

JIM HASKINS has written more than ninety books for young readers, including African American Entrepreneurs (Wiley); his collaboration with Rosa Parks on her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story; and Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award for the body of his work and the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

Table of Contents


Benjamin Banneker.

Norbert Rillieux.

Benjamin Montgomery.


Elijah McCoy.

Lewis Howard Latimer.

Andrew Jackson Beard.

Jan Earnst Matzeliger.

Daniel Hale Williams.

Granville T. Woods.


George Washington Carver.

Madame C. J. Walker.

Garrett Augustus Morgan.

Ernest Everett Just.

Frederick McKinley Jones.

David Nelson Crosthwait.


Percy Lavon Julian.

Charles Richard Drew.

Claude Harvard.

Jane Cooke Wright.

Meredith Gourdine.

Michael Croslin.

Earl D. Shaw.

John P. Moon.

George E. Carruthers.

Shirley Ann Jackson.


Notes Bibliography.

Picture Credits.


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