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.
"This hefty volume covers significant events in African American history beginning with the Colonial period and continuing through the close for the twentieth century. A sixty-five page chronology catalogs key events...The single greatest strength of this volume lies in the extensive incorporation of primary source documents, including memoirs, letters, family histories, newspapers, oral histories, city directories, and other items that provide historical evidence to help students understand and interpret past events. These documents are fleshed out with essays and sidebars that provide the context in which the primary source materials are set...This especially valuable reference title is recommended for both high school and public libraries because of its wealth of detailed information, inclusion of primary source materials, and comprehensive scope."
-- VOYA (June 2003)
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