America Is Me : 170 Fresh Questions and Answers on Black American History

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Arranged in a dynamic question-and-answer format, this engaging reference addresses the most asked and least understood questions about Black history, ranging through such topics as African culture, slavery and the Black resistance, important Black inventors, the origins of jazz and rap music and more. Written with wit and candor, using the most up-to-date scholarship and research available, and featuring timelines and a bibliography for further reading, America Is Me explodes the myths and misconceptions to reveal the human side of the Black experience in America. It is a vitally important resource for the many individuals, parents and teachers who want to know more about Black history.

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Stanford University historian Kennell Jackson's unusual approach asks (and answers) several hundred questions about black history. The questions range from "What are some basic facts about Africa?" which counters popular misconceptions about the continent, to "What does the future hold for Black America?" which offers a series of optimistic predictions. The questions are arranged chronologically and include people, facts, and issues everyone should know something about. Most of his mini-essays are 1,000 to 1,500 words long, making this an ideal book for busy people or curious commuters.

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Using the same engaging and accessible Q&A format as the bestselling book Don't Know Much About History, this popular history moves from the African origins of blacks in America to today, and is a vibrant resource for everyone interested in the significant events and achievements of African-American culture.

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