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A Chance to Make Good: African Americans 1900-1929 (Young Oxford History of African Americans) Hardcover – April 24, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: Young Oxford History of African Americans (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195087704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195087703
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,098,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 9-12. The seventh volume in the detailed Young Oxford History of African Americans explores the lives of blacks in the early twentieth century. Drawing on oral histories of ordinary women and men, as well as on the writings of intellectuals and social reformers such as W. E. B. du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, and Marcus Garvey, Grossman describes the lives of black sharecroppers in the Jim Crow South. Then he discusses the Great Migration--why people left the rural South, what it was like when they got to the northern cities in relation to work, housing, politics, education, religion, business--and he looks briefly at the Harlem Renaissance. There is a long, useful reading list (though no sources for quotes) and lots of documentary photos throughout. With an honest depiction of the striving and the disappointment, Grossman shows that these crucial years were "both a time of hope and an age of despair." Hazel Rochman

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"Powerful stories of black aspiration, frustration, and determination between the years 1900 and 1929.... This volume is highly recommended for both young adult and adult students as well as librarians, teachers, and parents. It is both a vital research tool and a key to unlock African-American history."--MultiCultural Review


"With an honest depiction of the striving and the disappointment, Grossman shows that these crucial years were 'both a time of hope and an age of despair.'"--Booklist


"Covers the black experience from 1900-1929, including African-American migration to the cities, the rise of black businesses and political coalitions, the Harlem Renaissance, and black contributions to music and culture."--Curriculum Review



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