Out of the Darkness: The Story of Blacks Moving North 1890-1940 (Great Journeys)

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Among the authors of this highly acclaimed series are Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Milton Meltzer, Coretta Scott King Award winner James Haskins and noted author Raymond Bial. The series itself focuses on major population shifts in America and the driving forces behind them. The authors' vivid accounts are given additional immediacy with the inclusion of excerpts from diaries, newspaper articles and letters.

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Grade 6-8-These titles powerfully illustrate the origins of the African-American experience. Darkness delivers a compelling account of the "Great Migration" from the South to the North, which, in turn, gave birth to the Harlem Renaissance. The journeys of two individuals alive at this time-entertainer Bricktop Smith, who moved from West Virginia to Chicago in her youth, and Joe Jones, who left Charleston for New York City after World War I-are interwoven to personalize the text. Black-and-white photos and quotes greatly enhance the narrative, though their actual placement occasionally interrupts the chronicle's flow. Chains follows the history of African Americans from their capture in Africa to emancipation after the Civil War. Firsthand accounts, black-and-white photos and reproductions, and excerpts from newspapers and speeches dramatically convey the horrors of slavery. The author leaves no doubt that its effects linger today. "The failure of the Founding Fathers [to declare slavery illegal] left a moral legacy that has done harm to the generations that have come after." Both of these thorough, passionate titles will be valuable for reports.-Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, T.-- left a moral legacy that has done harm to the generations that have come after." Both of these thorough, passionate titles will be valuable for reports.
Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX
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"These titles powerfully illustrate the origins of the African-American experience....Both of these thorough, passionate titles will be valuable for reports." -- School Library Journal, February 2000

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