BLACK PIONEERS by William Loren Katz

BLACK PIONEERS

An Untold Story
Age Range: 12 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Katz (Black Women of the Old West, 1995, etc.) takes fascinating material—the tale of free and escaped African-Americans who helped colonize the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys from the late 18th-century to the middle of the 19th century—and gives it a textbook treatment. In this gathering of details and events in the lives of real people who settled the area, he presents a full history of the contributions of determined people who established schools and churches, fought slavery, and won basic civil rights. The many black-and-white period drawings and photographs help establish the people in the narrative and the facts surrounding their lives. The facts alone, one after the other, add up to a cogent picture of the growing wealth and importance of African-Americans in US history, but the dry presentation may doom it to use solely for reference or as a supplement to more inviting works. (index, not seen, maps, charts, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-689-81410-0
Page count: 171pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1999




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