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Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events Paperback – December 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1578591428 ISBN-10: 1578591422 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press; 2nd edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578591422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578591428
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This update to the first, 1994 edition has been expanded by more than 1,000 firsts, arranged in 16 chapters. The chapters survey broad fields such as "Arts and Entertainment," "Government: Local," and "Science and Medicine" and are broken down into more specific subject headings. "Arts and Entertainment," for example, encompasses "Architecture," "Dance," "Music," and "Television," among others. Under each of these headings, firsts are arranged chronologically. Each is described in an entry ranging from a line or two to half a page, and sources are always cited.

New entries extend coverage into 2002 but also add pre-1992 firsts that did not appear in the previous edition. Although a new chapter documents accomplishments in international government, emphasis is on African Americans. Frequent sidebars add information ("Blacks Commemorated on Postage Stamps") as well as drawing attention to particular firsts ("The First Black Car Dealership"). Many of the sidebars highlight achievements by women, and the author notes in her introduction that she made a deliberate effort to seek our firsts by women for the revision. Missing from this edition is the useful index of major black achievements by year.

Black Firsts remains an important part of the reference collection, and school, public, and academic libraries will welcome this updated version. RBB
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About the Author

Jessie Carney Smith is a noted author, biographer, and black studies scholar. She is William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Fisk University in Nashville, where she also serves as the university librarian. Among Dr. Smith's 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.

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Admittedly I am not a history buff, yet this book I found to be very comprehensive and interesting.
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Very informative especially regarding a lot of information not known or overlooked in educational studies.
James P. McNeely
This is a great book, I gave it as a Christmas gift and receive high praises for being the best gift.
Lisa Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on February 5, 2006
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An encyclopedia's worth of facts, the familiar known as well as the obscure, about African-Americans, this volume is a must. It features some of the most intriguing facts that would probably go unnoticed (the first black auto dealership, the first black to author a detective story, the first black to win an Emmy, etc.) by the average student of history.

This is a book that is vital at a time when there are still so many unknowns about the contributions made by African-Americans to the many aspects of the nation's, along with the world's, development.

A five-star recommendation is not enough for this mammoth undertaking.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on October 8, 2004
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BLACK FIRSTS is a wonderful collection of historical facts reaching through the hands of time. Ms. Smith provides insight to more than 3,000 individuals and events in BLACK FIRSTS. She opens our eyes and introduces us to these great pioneers. The book is broken into various topics such as sports, writers, religion, civil rights and education just to name a few.

Using the book as my reference guide, I created a trivia game for Black History Month. Examples of questions included: "Who was the first Black woman to head a major educational institution for Blacks?" The answer is Fanny Jackson Coppin who was in charge of the Institute for Colored Youth of Philadelphia. Another question was based on publishing-icon John H. Johnson and Johnson Publishing Company, which currently publishes such great magazines as Ebony and Jet. The trivia question was "Which well-known Black publisher first published the Negro Digest in 1942? With such comprehensive information contained within this BLACK FIRSTS, it lent itself well to my attempt to become more familiar with Black history.

Admittedly I am not a history buff, yet this book I found to be very comprehensive and interesting. Ms. Smith consistently cites her references and captures the information beautifully. For anyone looking to learn a little more about themselves by travelling back into history, then BLACK FIRSTS is a necessary read.

This review refers to the first published addition, ISBN 1578591171.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Jones-Smith on October 17, 2010
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Black First presents a variety of events that identify Black firsts from all over the country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gparrish on September 5, 2010
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I am a returning customer and will continue to do business. The book provides useful information, the print is very small which makes for difficult reading.
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By Sherrie L. Chapman on July 9, 2014
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Alot of black history information about great people.
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By Lisa Smith on January 23, 2014
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This is a great book, I gave it as a Christmas gift and receive high praises for being the best gift.
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Great book! Very informative especially regarding a lot of information not known or overlooked in educational studies. A book that should be high on the list for all people that have a desire for knowledge and a thirst to understand more about a population that has been overlooked to an extent.
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