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ERIC Number: EJ770130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
African American History as Depicted in Recently Published Children's Books
Lamme, Linda Leonard; Astengo, Be; Lowery, Ruth McCoy; Masla, Diane; Russo, Roseanne; Savage, Debbie; Shelton, Nancy Rankie
Social Studies, v93 n4 p164-169 Jul-Aug 2002
Exciting stories about African Americans in recently published historical fiction books for children concern Pea Island Life-Station, a private school for African American girls, a biracial slave, a black woman who homesteads for land in 1889, and an orphan who travels on his own to Flint, Michigan, during the Depression. Much of this history never appeared in the white history books that most teachers and future teachers read when they were in school. Today children can read stories about the history of African Americans and receive a more balanced view of America's past. In this article, the authors present books featuring African American history. Most of the books cited in this article have child protagonists because children are interested in reading stories about other children and often build connections between their own lives and the lives of storybook characters. Many of the books are by African American writers, some of whom combined personal family history with their research to produce culturally conscious books about little-known stories of American history.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan