50 Events That Shaped African American History

50 Events That Shaped African American History An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

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Publisher's Synopsis

This two-volume work celebrates 50 notable achievements of African Americans, highlighting black contributions to U.S. history and examining the ways black accomplishments shaped American culture. This two-volume encyclopedia offers a unique look at the African American experience, from the arrival of the first 20 Africans at Jamestown through the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Ferguson Protests. It illustrates subjects such as the Jim Crow period, the Brown v. Board of Education case that overturned segregation, Jackie Robinson's landmark integration of major league baseball, and the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States. Drawing from almost 400 years of U.S. history, the work documents the experiences and impact of black people on every aspect of American life. Presented chronologically, the selected events each include at least one primary source to provide the reader with a first-person perspective. These range from excerpts of speeches given by famous African American figures, to programs from the March on Washington. The remarkable stories collected here bear witness to the strength of a group of people who chose to survive and found ways to work collectively to force America to live up to the promise of its founding.

Book information

ISBN: 9781440837869
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Greenwood Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 973.0496073003
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 2 volumes (xx, 861 )
Weight: 2268g
Height: 259mm
Width: 185mm
Spine width: 66mm