Search Results: "Jim Haskins"


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SPIKE LEE by Jim Haskins
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

A biography that is fascinating because its subject is fascinating. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"The result is less a study of the Black Panthers' philosophy, methods, and enduring influence than a cautionary tale about the hazards and misuse of sudden power. (b&w photos, index, not seen, notes, chronology, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Comparing the brief career of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense to a ``burst of radiation, searing American race relations,'' Haskins (see review above) shows how that tough stance—which struck a chord in African-Americans radicalized by the violent white response to the Civil Rights Movement—later collapsed under the weight of drugs, ego, and internecine conflicts. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Archival photos, bibliography, and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
The frequently told story of the Underground Railroad has, claims Haskins, all too often ``played up the extent of its organization and the efforts of whites, especially Quakers, and played down the less organized efforts of slaves, free blacks and other whites.'' Here, he focuses more on people than process in his account of the antislavery movement, the increasingly harsh measures against fugitives in the 19th century, and the courageous work of several stationmasters and conductors dedicated to helping escapees; coded songs and other subterfuges designed to spread the word are also discussed. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"The coverage is comprehensive, if dry, making this informative book more useful to researchers than browsers. (b&w photos, chronology, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
For those interested in a fuller picture of the fight for educational integration in the US, Haskins (Bayard Rustin, 1997, etc.) attempts to fill in some gaps. Read full book review >

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AFRICAN AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS by Jim Haskins
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 13, 1998

Haskins (Black, Blue, and Gray, 1998, etc.) profiles 31 African-Americans, including seven women, who overcame towering obstacles of law and custom to achieve financial success in fields such as banking, cosmetics, electrical engineering, music, and real estate. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Illustrations and index not seen. (Biography. 11-14)"
Biographies of eight men and four women who struggled against racial prejudice and other obstacles to distinguish themselves. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

Through diligent research and intelligent writing, Haskins (Separate But Not Equal, p. 1708, etc.) attempts to redress a historical wrong. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"B&w photos not seen. (Biography. 10-14)"
Enlightening if vaguely documented accounts of black explorers of the American continent, the North Pole, and space, emphasizing the barriers of race that they overcame. Read full book review >

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LOUIS FARRAKHAN AND THE NATION OF ISLAM by Jim Haskins
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Farrakhan is such an explosive figure that any objective coverage of him sounds like adulation; while Haskins exhibits great care in scholarship and use of language, Farrakhan remains inscrutable. (b&w photos, notes, further reading, index) (Biography. 12+)"
Despite the title, this is a terse, impeccable history of the Nation of Islam, with emphasis in the last half to the role of Farrakhan in that organization and including his appearance at the Million Man March in October 1995. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Chronology; bibliographies; sources of pictures and quotations; index. (Biography. 10+)"
Yet another King biography, this one lifted above the ordinary by the passion and dignity of King's own rhetoric—extensive quotations from books, speeches, and letters worked into Haskins's spare narrative of King's family history, life events, and beliefs. Read full book review >

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AMAZING GRACE by Jim Haskins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
The popular hymn whose origins are recounted here is not a folk song, but was written by an English minister who distilled his own grim experiences to pen these compellingly consoling verses. Read full book review >