Reviews for Handy African American History Answer Book

Book News Reviews
Smith, who teaches humanities and is the librarian at Fisk U., answers about 700 questions about African American people, places, and events, for history enthusiasts, students, and teachers. Questions are categorized by the beginning of the black experience in America, arts and entertainment, business and commerce, civil rights and protests, education, journalism, literature, the military, music, organizations, politics and government, religion, sports, and science, inventions, medicine, and aerospace. She includes women's achievements throughout and a timeline and introductory summary. Distributed by Independent Publishers Group. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Booklist Reviews 2013 December #2
Ever wanted to know where the phrase "40 acres and a mule" came from? Who the Buffalo Soldiers were? What the Harlem Renaissance was? This book provides the answers to these questions and more about African American life and history. Presented in a question-and-answer format and arranged loosely by topic, this reference resource covers the contributions that enslaved and free African Americans made to U.S. society in such categories as arts and entertainment, literature, politics and government, education, and religion. Good for young adults who are interested in African American history and are just getting started on the subject. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

VOYA Reviews 2014 February
African American history is often filled with stories of struggles--be it suffrage or everyday life, or hard-fought triumphs of freedom--but that history is also lined with many misconceptions, amazing discoveries, accomplishments, and inspiration. The Handy African American History Answer Book poses and answers a variety of these interesting questions involving the people, places, and events, many of which are lesser known or almost forgotten. This reference book recognizes a variety of themes--some that could be the catalyst of more unique student paper topics. The topics range from education, music, art, culture, religion, sports, military, literature, science, medicine, and business, as well as the more common topics like civil rights and politics. As for notable people, although some areas are slim, this volume includes many figures that are not usually represented in single-volume biographies. Students and librarians will appreciate this well-balanced and informative book with a simple layout and direct question-answer format. Like many reference books, the sections are brief and re not meant for a single-resource project. For the more obscure topics, the answers read like encyclopedia snippets, but each chapter highlights enough of a particular subject that it may prove useful for a number of broad topics. It is great for frequently asked questions and for discovering new topics of interest. It will serve as a great resource for public libraries.--Jane Gov Index. 4Q 3P M J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.