The Handy African American History Answer Book (Handy Answer Books) (Paperback)

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Celebrating the impact of African Americans on U.S. society, culture, and history Traces African American history through four centuries of profound changes and amazing accomplishments.

Walking readers through a rich but often overlooked part of American history, The Handy African American History Answer Book addresses the people, times, and events that influenced and changed African American history. An overview of major biographical figures and history-making events is followed by a deeper look at the development in the arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, music, government, journalism, religion, science, sports, and more. Covering a broad range of the African American experience, showcasing interesting insights and facts, this helpful reference answers 700 commonly-asked questions including ... What is the significance of the Apollo Theater? What were the effects of the Great Depression on black artists? Who were some of America's early free black entrepreneurs? What is the historical role of the barbershop in the African American community? and What was Black Wall Street? What does "40 acres and a mule" mean? What was the Black Arts Movement? Who were the Harlem Hellfighters? Who was the first black saint? Who was called the "Father of Blood Plasma"? What caused African Americans to lose their fidelity to "the Party of Lincoln"? What was the impact of Negro Leagues Baseball on American culture?

Blending trivia with historical review in an engaging question-and-answer format, The Handy African American History Answer Book is perfect for browsing and is ideal for history buffs, trivia fans, students and teachers and anyone interested in a better and more thorough understanding of the history of black Americans. With many photos and illustrations this fun, fact-filled tome is richly illustrated. Its helpful bibliography and extensive index add to its usefulness.

About the Author

Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D., is a noted author, biographer, and black studies scholar whose work includes Black Heroes, Black Firsts, and Freedom Facts and Firsts. She is the William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Fisk University in Nashville, where she also serves as the university librarian. Among her numerous awards are the 1992 National Women's Book Association Award, the Candace Award for excellence in education, and Sage magazine's Ann J. Cooper Award for her published works on African American women. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781578594528
ISBN-10: 1578594529
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Handy Answer Books