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Heart and Soul

The Story of America and African Americans

Nelson, Kadir

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Heart and Soul
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An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061730740 (trade bdg.)
0061730742 (trade bdg.)
9780061730764 (lib. bdg.)
0061730769 (lib. bdg.)
Branch Call Number: J973.049607 NEL
Characteristics: 108 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm

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Examines the history of the United States, focusing on events that influenced African-Americans and how they advanced liberty and justice in America. Ages 9 and older


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Feb 19, 2012
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Feb 19, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Heart and Soul gives us a true overview of African Americans from start to near finish with pictures that draw in readers from the cover onwards. This is the title every library should own. The book has heart. The pictures have soul.

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Feb 19, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An old woman stands in front of a portrait in the Capitol rotunda in Washington D.C. Bent over she regards the art there, recounting how it was black hands that built the Capitol from sandstone. “Strange though . . . nary a black face in all those pretty pictures.” Looking at them you would swear black people hadn’t been here from the start, but that’s simply not true. With that, the woman launches into the history of both our nation and the African Americans living in it, sometimes through the lens of her own family. From Revolutionary War soldiers to slavers, from cowboys to union men, the book manages in a scant twelve chapters to offer us a synthesized history of a race in the context of a nation’s growth. An Author’s Note rounds out the book, along with a Timeline, a Bibliography, and an Index.

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