The Handy African American History Answer Book

by Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D.
Handy African American

This resource covers the contributions that enslaved and free African Americans made to U.S. society. Good for young adults who are interested in African American history and are just getting started on the subject.


... well-balanced and informative book with a simple layout and direct question-answer format. ... 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 ...

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A Celebration of Accomplishments

Walking you through a rich but often overlooked part of American history, this compendium addresses the people, times, and events that influenced and changed African American history. An overview of major biographical figures and history-making events is followed by a deeper look at the development in the arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, music, government, journalism, religion, science, sports, and more. Mimicking the a broad range of the African American experience, showcasing interesting insights and facts, this helpful reference answers a wide variety of questions including:
-What is the significance of the Apollo Theater?
-What were the effects of the Great Depression on black artists?
-Who were some of America’s early free black entrepreneurs?
-What is the historical role of the barbershop in the African American community?
-What was Black Wall Street?

Blending trivia with historical review in an engaging question-and-answer format, this book is perfect for browsing and is ideal for history buffs, trivia fans, students and teachers and anyone interested in a better and more thorough understanding of history of black Americans.

About Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D.

Jessie Carney Smith, born in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a noted author, biographer, and black studies scholar. She is William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Fisk University in Nashville, where she also serves as the university librarian. Dr. Smith was educated at North Carolina A&T State University, Michigan State University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Illinois. Her work includes Black Firsts and Black Heroes, both published by Visible Ink Press, as well as Notable Black American Women (Book I and II) and Notable Black American Men. Among Dr. Smith's numerous awards are the National Women's Book Association Award, the Candace Award for excellence in education, and Sage magazine's Ann J. Cooper Award for her published works on African American Women.

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

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  • ISBN: 9781578594528
  • PDF ISBN: 9781578594870
  • Kindle ISBN: 9781578594894
  • ePUB ISBN: 9781578594887
  • 432 pages
  • 120 photos and illustrations
  • 7.125" x 9.25" paperback
  • $44.95

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