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Working Americans: African Americans

The African-American struggle and triumph comes to life in these pages, from the Emancipation Proclamation and racial segregation, to the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement, to the first African-American president. This volume provides information on what it meant and means to be an African American—from the 1800s to the present day. 

This volume is divided into 13 chapters, each covering a decade from 1898 to 2016 and includes the following features:

Individual Profiles: Each 12-15 page profile starts with a brief introduction and photography of the subject, then moves to three bulleted sections:

  • Life at Home - details what life was like in the home of those individuals profiled, with spouses, children, or parents.
  • Life at Work - details typical workday activities, from office to factory, from performance stage to teacher's desk.
  • Life in the Community - offers insight into the individual's community or neighborhood.

The highly readable narrative is supported by hard facts and real-life situations drawn from diaries, private print books, family histories, estate documents, magazine articles and more.

Historical Snapshots: Chronicle major events and milestones, allowing the reader to develop a broader understanding of the time period.

Selected Prices: Examine what things cost during the time period, to further enrich the reader’s understanding of how working Americans spent their paychecks. Prices include food items, clothing, jewelry, and so much more.

Primary Sources: Photographs, news clippings, advertisements, postcards, posters, quotes, songs, and cartoons, add interest to each chapter and depth to the reader’s understanding of the world that the family or individual lived in. News features are excerpted from the local media. These interesting articles bring to life current issues in society that affected average working Americans.

Following the 30 profiles, the back matter of African Americans includes:

  • Census of Brief statistics of the Black Population - 24 pages of facts, figures, map and charts;
  • Snapshot of 2016 African Americans statistics in several major categories - jobs, business, education, income, health insurance, families, and more;
  • Further Reading section;
  • Detailed Index.

This volume celebrates the contributions of African Americans, chronicling both the progress they have made and the roadblocks they have faced. In a detailed fashion, this content helps the reader reflect on civil liberties, the civil rights movement, and the day-to-day lives of African Americans over the last 118 years.

The Working Americans series has become an important reference for public, academic, and high school libraries. This title will be a welcome addition to all types of reference collections.

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Pub. Date: March 2016
Hardcover: 396 pages
ISBN: 978-1-68217-106-6
Price: $150
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e-ISBN: 978-1-68217-107-3
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