From School Library Journal
YA?Achievements of African Americans from 1492-1993 are arranged in chronological order and then categorized within each year. Sports, the military, literature and journalism, politics and civil rights, and performing and visual arts are the areas covered, with entries ranging in length from one to four lines. No biographical data is given. Famous events and little-known facts are included as well as people, e.g., in 1885 "there are 74 recorded lynchings." The index is thorough and is a must for finding specific entries. This is a great trivia book and a wonderful resource to glean names and facts for research ideas. A visually pleasing and easy-to-read volume.?Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Timelines adds to the growing list of chronologies for groups often viewed as being outside the mainstream of American history. Its purpose is to indicate major events in African American history by year and broad subject category, e.g., politics and civil rights, religion and education, sports, etc., and to trace these themes over time and within a given year. In doing so, itlimits its 1500 entries to only a sentence or two, with rare mention of specific dates. Timelines draws heavily from Peter M. Bergman's Chronological History of the Negro in America (LJ 1/15/70), updating it with politically correct terms, but it lacks that chronology's detail and quotations from original documents. Coverage of the last few decades overlaps with and provides more reported events than Alton Hornsby's Chronology of African-American History (LJ 10/1/91) but again with less detail. The overall format is well organized, and events are easily located, but readers should turn elsewhere to understand their context and significance.
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Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.