The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it’s about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it’s about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It’s a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination and triumphs.
Kadir Nelson, one of this generation’s most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an “Everywoman,” an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, heart and soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history. This inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.
Kadir Nelson's illustrations are perfection. His art work gives life to the history and contributions of African Americans in America. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Diane B. Cloud
This was a great book! I learned a lot about the lives of African Americans. It was interesting and sad. They faced so many difficult problems.Published 9 months ago by Hans
This book is def for older kids. Would be great for a history lesson in fourth grade. I am not sure my kids will have interest in it at all for a few more years. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Megan Corya
I purchased this book in 2011 after hearing the author interview on the radio. Finally got around to reading it to my kids this year 2014. I read it to my 10 y/o and 8 y/o. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs. V
This is a gorgeous book. The pictures are beautiful and it is beautifully written as well. The book is full of information about the African American experience and makes it clear... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Deborah kennedy
I got this book from the library today and loved it. I want to teach my children some African American History but I sure learned a lot myself. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sarah L. Brooks
The artwork in this book is so amazing. I really loved it. I would definitely recommend this book for any child.Published 14 months ago by Laurel A
It takes talent to describe and illustrate the hatred that grew while America was built. Nelson is absolutely amazing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Deltareviewer