Black American Biographies: The Journey of Achievement

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Jeffrey H. Wallenfeldt
The Rosen Publishing Group, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 402 pages
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Developing a vitality that has drawn strength from a hardship-filled past as well as optimism for the future, African Americans have transformed the history and culture of the United States. From the abolitionists and civil rights leaders who struggled to secure basic freedoms to the scientists, entertainers, and public servants who have nurtured innovation in their respective fields, African Americans have broken critical barriers for every American. This volume profiles many of those individualsfrom Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey to Barack Obamawhose efforts and ideas continue to enrich the foundations of the nation.
  

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Contents

Introduction
15
Abolitionism
21
Protect and Serve
72
Lawyers and Jurists
109
Exploration Education
117
Educators and Academics
123
Science and Medicine
130
Businesspeople
138
Rhythm and Blues
264
Soul
280
Funk
302
Cabaret Gospel Opera and Show Music
316
Sports
324
310
331
Basketball
340
Boxing
351

Arts and Letters
147
Journalists
168
Dancers and Choreographers
175
Actors
181
Directors Producers and Playwrights
198
Comedians
205
Music
213
Billy Strayhorn
248
Football
369
Track and Field
375
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377
Epilogue
388
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