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The African American years /
Gabriel Burns Stepto.
New York : Scribner, c2003.
ix, 475 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
0684312573 (alk. paper)
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New York : Scribner, c2003.
0684312573 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-07-01:
Stepto recognizes that African American history covers a great enough span of time to need this chronological treatment. The need of today's students for such a framework is often disregarded; many lack working knowledge of a subject's order. The history of Africans in the new world predates the traditional date of 1619 given for the arrival of slaves in Jamestown, so students must contend with a 500-year period. Since the work illustrates that African Americans have affected all aspects of American culture, no period goes ignored. At first blush, section titles may seem inadequate, but they follow standard divisions of American history--"The Colonial Period and The Revolutionary War" and "The Civil War." The various main entries include primary source documents accompanied by sidebars that provide an overview of the primary document and supply its historical context. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. C. Williams Hunter College
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Voice of Youth Advocates, June 2003
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Main Description
It is widely recognized that American history consists not of a single, unitary narrative, but of many narratives shaped by race, gender, and ethnic origins. The African American Years is a companion to Charles Scribner's Sons chronology of U.S. history The American Years, second edition. Whereas that reference work examined U.S. history in its entirety, The African American Years focuses specifically on the history of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the present. This timeline is enriched by overview essays, sidebars, and primary sources - poems, memoirs, legal documents - and more than two hundred images that chronicle the story of African Americans and create a portrait encompassing its struggles, triumphs, complexity, and exuberance.Features include a comprehensive index; sidebars spotlighting specific people and topics; approximately 250 images; and a bibliography.
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Detailing year-by-year the African-American experience, this title provides a chronology that traces the history of African Americans from pre-Colonial times to the present. Included are essays offering overviews of key events and themes--such as the Atlantic slave trade, civil rights and the black experience in the 1990s--as well as primary source documents, including poems, memoirs, legal documents and other materials that help illuminate African-American history.
Table of Contents
Chronologyp. 1
The Colonial Period and the Revolutionary Warp. 67
The First Africans to Arrive in the New Worldp. 70
Free African Americans in the United Statesp. 89
African American Soldiers in the Colonial Periodp. 99
The Debate over Slavery in the United Statesp. 108
The Civil Warp. 151
The Final Century of Slavery in the United Statesp. 153
African Americans and the Civil Warp. 169
Reconstructionp. 191
Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crowp. 192
African Americans in Political Officep. 203
African Americans on the Frontierp. 213
African American Newspapers and Periodicalsp. 228
The Long Journey Toward Integrationp. 245
African Americans and the Lawp. 246
The Education of African Americansp. 274
The Ongoing Effort for Inclusion in the Militaryp. 294
African Americans in the Modern Erap. 313
Migration, Industrialization, and the Cityp. 315
The History of African American Musicp. 322
African American Folklore and Folkwaysp. 333
The African American Literary Experiencep. 336
The African American Familyp. 353
The African American Religious Experiencep. 368
African Americans Coming to the Fore of American Identityp. 397
The Civil Rights Struggle: From Nonviolence to Black Powerp. 398
The African American Intellectual Experiencep. 403
African Americans in the Sciencesp. 419
African American Labor Historyp. 426
The Art of African Americansp. 433
The Close of the Twentieth Century and Beyondp. 442
List of Contributorsp. 451
Indexp. 453
Primary Source Document Indexp. 473
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