Heart and Soul
An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.
"Balzer + Bray is an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers ; Typography by Martha Rago"--t.p. verso
Declarations of independence -- Slavery -- Abolition -- Lincoln's war -- Reconstruction -- Cowboys and Indians: Native Americans and westward Negroes -- Turn of the century and the great migration -- Harlem and the vote for women -- Hard times and World War II -- Black innovation -- Jim Crow's a-dying -- Revolution -- Epilogue
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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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