On March 31, 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, NJ, became the first African American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. An event of equal importance can be found for any date—and they are just waiting to be discovered here.
The proof of any group's importance to history is in the detail, a fact made plain by this informative book's day-by-day documentation of the impact of African Americans on life in the United States.
One of the easiest ways to grasp any aspect of history is to look at it as a continuum. African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events provides just such an opportunity. Organized in the form of a calendar, this book allows readers to see the dates of famous births, deaths, and events that have affected the lives of African Americans and, by extension, of America as a whole.
Each day features an entry with information about an important event that occurred on that date. Background on the highlighted event is provided, along with a link to at least one primary source document and references to books and websites that can provide more information. While there are other calendars of African American history, this one is set apart by its level of academic detail. It is not only a calendar, but also an easy-to-use reference and learning tool.
• More than 365 chronologically arranged entries featuring events and information about African Americans
• An introduction that overviews the importance of African American history in a day-by-day approach
• A preface that explains the scope, methodology, and rationale for coverage
• Primary source excerpts for some events and two vetted books and websites for all events
• Provides day-by-day information on the lives and accomplishments of African Americans
• Offers a unique introduction to African Americans for those who are new to the subject of black history in the United States
• Provides information on celebrities, inventors, events, and other subjects that relate to African American life in the United States
• Underscores the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history in nearly every capacity, from explorers and inventors to artists and philanthropists
African American Activists in the Underground Railroad
Civil Rights Movement
First African American U.S. Voter
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Peace Prize Winners