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The Black Experience in America: From Civil Rights to the Present (African American History and Culture) (repost)

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The Black Experience in America: From Civil Rights to the Present (African American History and Culture) (repost)

The Black Experience in America: From Civil Rights to the Present (African American History and Culture) by Jeff Wallenfeldt
English | August 15, 2010 | ISBN-10: 1615301461 | 376 pages | PDF | 7 Mb

This addition to the African American History and Culture series is notable for the depth and breadth of its coverage. Beginning with WWII events that led to integration, the book, illustrated with black-and-white photos, chronologically follows the history of the civil rights movement as well as introducing black influences on literature, sports, and music.

Many of the greats in these areas get their own sidebars or discussions, including Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Ben Webster, and Elgin Baylor, to name just a few (though its not always clear why some are in sidebars and others are discussed within the text).

A wide variety of topics also get their own sidebars, from Ebonics to the Ink Spots to new jack swing. Although students will find all this information very useful for reports, the writing can be a little dry, and the format is bland. Still, its hard to find a single-volume title that covers so much. A time line, glossary, and appendixes of primary sources are appended. Grades 8-12. –Ilene Cooper