Books: Non-Fiction

The Black Americans: A History in Their Own Words, 1619-1983

Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, All US History
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Labor

The Black Americans: A History in Their Own Words (Book) | Zinn Education ProjectThe Black Americans: A History in Their Own Words presents personal accounts of people who were enslaved, free Blacks, abolitionists, soldiers in the Civil War, from the great years of Reconstruction when Blacks voted and held office and made the laws, and the long oppressive decades that followed the overthrow of Reconstruction.

There are selections from letters, speeches, memoirs, and testimonies—recording the experiences of Black Americans from 1619, when the first slave ship landed in Virginia, up to the present.

These first person narratives and primary documents are ideal for middle school readers to adults.

Awards:

  • Notable Children’s Books of 1984 (ALA)
  • 100 Favorite Paperbacks of 1989 (IRA/CBC)
  • Notable 1984 Children’s Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
  • Children’s Books of 1984 (Library of Congress)

ISBN: 9780064460552 | Published by Harper Collins.

This award winning book is out of print. It is well worth finding in a library or a used copy.

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