Discovering Black America
From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century
- Publication Date: March 15, 2018
- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- ISBN: 9781683354291
- Page Count: 244
- Illustrations: Black-and-white and color illustrations
Discovering Black America offers readers an unprecedented account of more than 400 years of African American history set against a background of American and global events. The book begins with a black sailor aboard the Niña with Christopher Columbus and continues through the colonial period, slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow, and civil rights to our current president in the White House. Including first-person narratives from diaries and journals, interviews, and archival images, Discovering Black America will give readers an intimate understanding of this extensive history. The book includes an index and bibliography.
Praise for Discovering Black America
"This handsome, engaging study of African-American history brings to light many intriguing and tragically underreported stories...From attractive page design to an afterword that encourages readers to search for their own history, there has been much attention to detail in this handsome volume."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Reproductions of historical documents, photographs, and artwork provide a sense of immediacy to this immersive tapestry, which reaches well beyond the milestones typically outlined in history books."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This attractive volume is an epic work...Absolutely gorgeous in design, with a harmonious marriage of text and colorful archival images, this is the kind of book that invites browsing, and its extensive reach will make this a go-to title for report writers."
—School Library Journal
"This handsome historical overview begins with the first African explorers and seamen arriving in the New World in the fifteenth century, and it ends with the presidential election of Barack Obama..The extensive back matter includes meticulous footnotes and a bibliography of recommended books and websites for all those who will be moved to find out more. An excellent title for classroom support."
"The author provides a detailed overview that is thoroughly researched and documented, making this an outstanding resource for students. The primary source documents, photographs, and archival maps that complement this compelling account will engage readers...This book will undoubtedly prove to be useful for research and browsing alike."
—Library Media Connection, highly recommended
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About the author
Linda Tarrant-Reid has worked as a freelance journalist, writing on the history of African Americans for the New York Daily News. She is also a communications specialist for school districts and is the author of several books for adults. She lives in New Rochelle, New York.