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A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country

96p. chron. index. Black Dog & Leventhal. Jan. 2018. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780316436427.
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Gr 3 Up—An amazing amount of information is packed into this compendium of African American history. In addition to the larger chronological narrative, the book also features short biographies of famous leaders, artists, and athletes. Key issues, events, and concepts are explored succinctly. Asim explains in a straightforward manner what lynching is and covers other injustices imposed upon Black Americans, including the destruction of towns and wrongfully conducted medical experiments. Each topic is set off by a bold title with plenty of white space and an abundance of decorative borders and colorful illustrations to keep the information from becoming too overwhelming. It's the kind of book that can be browsed at random or read straight through. The work includes a comprehensive index and a pull-out time line.
VERDICT A comprehensive introduction to African American history and a solid purchase for nonfiction collections.

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