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Timelines of African-American History Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399521275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399521270
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,778,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jones on April 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is wonderful. As a freelance writer on African American culture, I find myself constantly referring to this text. The format is concise, easy to understand, and packed with little-known information on the history of African Americans. This book would be especially great for teachers and educators.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on June 22, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was very excited about this book -- I plan to use it to launch my kids on independent research into black achievers. This book is useful, but it could be so much better.

The problems are these:

1) TRIPLE-BILLING: many notables get a mention at their birth, at the time of their major achievement, and at their death. Great if you randomly open the book and read a page, but if you are researching a time period, this gets very repetitive.

Also, the book claims "More than 1,500 carefully researched, year-by-year entries..." With triple-counting, divide by 3. When the BIRTHS of *Whitney Houston* and *M.C. Hammer* are noted accomplishments, this is going overboard.

2) NO WESTERNERS: No westerners! No Buffalo Soldiers. No George McJunkin. No Bass Reeves, no Bill Pickett, no Nat Love. Not even York.

I recommend these books
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux)
Black Cowboy (Forgotten Pioneers Series)
Black People Who Made the Old West
Black history in Oklahoma;: A resource book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on April 7, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although it's a very good "Cliff Notes" version of African-American history, it is still twelve years old; thus, it is in major need of a revision, considering all the monumental changes that have occured in America, let alone the world, since the book's original publication.
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