||Race and Ethnicity/African American Studies
||American History/Race and Ethnicity
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, the challenging of stereotypes with the release of The Cosby Show, and the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States. Drawing from events spanning almost 400 years of U.S. history, the work documents the African American experience in America and showcases black people's impact 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. Primary sources range from excerpts from speeches given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Malcolm X to programs from the March on Washington; a newspaper article about the release of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a series of Tweets from the first Black Lives Matter protest. Taken as a whole, the events demonstrate the ways in which America has struggled with the social construct of race and the aftermath of slavery. Most important, 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.
- Chronicles almost 400 years of African American history beginning with the arrival of 20 Africans into Jamestown, VA, and ending with the 2014 Ferguson Protests
- Provides readers with an understanding of key events that represent the African American experience
- Brings the featured events to life using first-person accounts, essays, primary sources, photographs, and timelines
- Demonstrates the broad influence and impact of African Americans on history, the arts, laws, sports, literature, film, television, and social movements