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African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence

African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence

Language: English

Pages: 560

ISBN: 1578593239

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The most complete and affordable single-volume reference of African American culture available today, this almanac is a unique and valuable resource devoted to illustrating and demystifying the moving, difficult, and often lost history of black life in America. A legacy of pride, struggle, and triumph spanning more than 400 years is presented through a fascinating mix of biographies-including 500 influential figures-little-known or misunderstood historical facts, enlightening essays on significant legislation and movements, and 150 rare photographs and illustrations. Covering events surrounding the civil rights movement; African American literature, art, and music; religion within the black community; and advances in science and medicine, this reference connects history to the issues currently facing the African American community and provides a range of information on society and culture.

A Short History of Reconstruction

Ocean Shore Railroad (Images of Rail)

Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World

On the Dirty Plate Trail: Remembering the Dust Bowl Refugee Camps

Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery




















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extending the rhythmic, harmonic, and technical resources of their instruments. Two young geniuses, guitarist Charlie Christian (featured with Benny Goodman) and bassist Jimmy Blanton (featured with Duke Ellington), revolutionized the language of their respective instruments. Christian was among the many notable players who, in the early 1940s, participated in jam sessions (informal musical get-togethers) at Minton’s Playhouse, a nightclub in Harlem where pianist Thelonious Monk and drummer

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