Heroes of Black History: Biographies of Four Great Americans (America Handbooks, a TIME for Kids Series)

Heroes of Black History: Biographies of Four Great Americans (America Handbooks, a TIME for Kids Series)

by TIME for Kids


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TIME For Kids Heroes of Black History presents the stories of four great American heroes every child should know about in one volume: Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama. Featuring an introduction by journalist and civil rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Heroes of Black History shines a light on the long fight for social justice in the United States as it highlights the accomplishments and personal histories of these four pivotal Americans.

Young readers learn about the life of Harriet Tubman—born a slave around 1820, she escaped to the North, but returned to the South nineteen times as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to lead 300 slaves to freedom. An incredibly gifted athlete, Jackie Robinson endured taunts, slurs, and death threats when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama bus in 1955 and paved the way for a Supreme Court decision that declared segregation on Alabama’s public buses was unconstitutional. On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama took the oath of office as our country’s first African American president. 

Illustrated with a dynamic mix of photographs and illustrations, the biographies of these Americans delve deeper than their accomplishments to reveal details on their childhoods, early experiences, schooling, family life, and more. Sidebars about related topics—Underground Railroad routes, sports firsts, the Harlem Renaissance, and more—give context and additional insights for young readers. Heroes of Black History also gives readers a timeline overview of three centuries of African American history, beginning with the slave trade, touching upon the formation of the NAACP, the civil rights movement, the March on Washington, and other pivotal events, up through the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. Brief profiles of more than twenty additional heroes of black history, a glossary of key terms, and a detailed index are also included in this comprehensive book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683307761
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
Publication date: 12/19/2017
Series: America Handbooks, a TIME for Kids Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 18 Years

About the Author

With 20 years of classroom experience, TIME for Kids is a trusted leader in education resources for teachers, students and parents. TIME for Kids Magazine delivers news and high-interest, interactive stories to more than 4 million students in grades K-6 nationwide each week. A powerful teaching tool, TIME for Kids builds literacy skills and inspires kids to care about their world through nonfiction text and multimedia tools that align with the Common Core State Standards. TIME for Kids is a division of Time Inc. For more information, visit timeforkids.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Black History in America 10

A Woman of Courage Harriet Tubman 16

Strong Inside and Out Jackie Robinson 58

Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks 100

First African-American President Barack Obama 142

Heroes 184

Glossary 187

Index 189

Picture Credits/Acknowledgments 191

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