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ERIC Number: ED476543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 16
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The Images of African Americans in Children's Literature of the Past.
Brown, Regina
Focusing on the early examples of African American literature for children, this paper provides a glimpse into the historical development of children's literature that portrays African Americans and the people who had a definite effect on it. In contemporary time, numerous books are available that reflect the social and cultural traditions associated with growing up as an African American child in America. In the past, African Americans in literature were portrayed with negative illustrations, descriptions and language that reinforced damaging stereotypes. Throughout history, children were presented with these distorted images of African Americans in literature. These distorted images in literature in the past were linked to the social injustice of the time. As educators, we must be aware of how cultural groups were and are depicted in literature. By being informed about the past stereotypical attitudes about African Americans in children's literature, teachers can reexamine and select literature that reflect the current beliefs and values of African Americans. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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