From well-known figures like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks to women rarely found in any history book, Women in Black History explores the lives of writers, athletes, singers, activists, and educators who have made an indelible mark on our country and our culture. Perfect for kids, but also for adults who like to read about important figures and unsung heroes, this collection will delight, surprise, and challenge readers.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||6 MB|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
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Table of Contents
A Word to the Reader 5
1 Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) 9
2 Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) 21
3 Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) 33
4 Mary Ann Shadd Gary (1823-1893) 47
5 Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) 59
6 Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964) 67
7 Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) 75
8 Marian Anderson (1897-1993) 89
9 Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) 101
10 Rosa Parks (1913-2005) 113
11 Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) 127
12 Althea Gibson (1927-2003) 139
13 Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) 149
14 Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994) 161
Now That You've Finished the Book … 171
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My absolute favorite woman from this time period is Harriet Tubman (soon to be on our $20 bill!), so I had to read this book. I knew I would love it and I did! The 14 women in this book overcame daunting challenges and, with a never-give-up spirit, went on to live out their God-given callings to make a huge impact on the world. I liked learning more about Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King. But I met many other amazing black women here for the first time, including Fannie Lou Hamer, who fought hard for her right to vote during the Civil Rights movement (and had the bruises to show for it). These were women who seemed to know when to stand up for themselves, and when to gracefully leave the battle for another day. Most of all, they seemed to act with wisdom, love, and positivity. The thought questions and activities at the end of each chapter were a nice bonus. I'm giving this book 4 stars, because I would have loved some photos or more illustrations. But this book will leave you with hope that there are good people in the world doing good things for others, even when it's really, really hard. Also, I noticed the publisher (Revell) is using recycled paper, containing post-consumer waste, on this book. Kudos!
This is a fantastic book. I picked it up because I’d recently read something on Coretta Scott King, and I wanted to know more in general about black women in our history. Right from the beginning it was made obvious how little I really knew. Half the names I didn’t recognize! The other half I really only had a passing familiarity with. I’d never heard of Phillis Wheatley (at least that I can recall), but the poem listed in this book was beautiful. She definitely had talent. While I had heard of Sojourner Truth, I’d never read the ‘real’ version of her speech. It was definitely powerful! Harriet Tubman… I knew she was involved with the Underground Railroad, but I had no clue about any other part of her life. Imagine your own husband telling you he’d tell your master if you ran! Mahalia Jackson had an amazing singing voice. (I’ve attached a link to the youtube video at the bottom of this review.) I love how the author is able to communicate the ‘realness’ of the women. I didn’t feel like I was reading a history book about distant people in our pasts. I felt like I was reading their lives as they happened. I would highly recommend this book. Its highly insightful, entertaining, and educational. I love the think / learn / create sections at the end of each essay on the women. Even though its obviously meant for children, I tried a few of them out myself, and they definitely made me think. Now, truth be told, I wasn’t a huge fan of the underlying religious message, but I haven’t let that weigh on my review of these stories. These women had faith, and it was important to them. They did good work, each of them. That’s the important part to me. Overall, this really is a fantastic read, and one that we need to see on library shelves nationwide. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Women in Black History: Stories of Courage, Faith, and Resilience by Tricia Williams Jackson is a remarkable book. The stories of these women's lives, their courage, passion, determination, the drive for justice, the injustice to them, the love, faith, and hope for a better life for those coming after them is nothing short of heroic. Most reader know about these women but the author adds so many details and information to their lives that this reader learned more than she expected. The book made you feel like you were there at the time, feeling what the woman was feeling, seeing what she was feeling, and determined as she was despite the odds. There are questions at the end of each section, discussion questions covering the woman of the chapter. I would have liked to seen pictures at the end of the chapter instead, that would have added greatly. The book was an excellent resource. I received this book for a honest review from NetGalley and it in no way effected my review or rating.