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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and…

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

by Kadir Nelson

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This is the story about an America that few wish to revisit. The viewpoint is given from the perspective of a 100 year old African-American woman. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, hatred and violence. It is also our great nation's history of courage and hope, determination and landmark triumphs.
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  cm37107 | Mar 5, 2015 |
This book is full of info on African American history. The author includes many historical points of African American towns in Oklahoma. It also goes into detail about the racism in the military and also that Lincoln wasn't really the abolitionist that he is often portrayed to be.
  Enessa | Dec 7, 2014 |
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Picture Book

For topics like these about slavery and the African American struggle, picture book are a great way to begin. The story is about families in the fields who picked cotton for their masters. Yes, including children! The book touches upon racial equality, jim crow laws and economic differences. This book can be incorporated as a read aloud for history in the classroom.
  georperez | Dec 3, 2014 |
Genre- - Historical Fiction
This book is a great book to read because it is a historical fiction story about the journey African Americans have made and the struggles that they went through because of slavery, oppression, prejudice, and racism. This book is a great book for social studies teachers to study African Americans and all they endured here in America. I want to be a History teacher and can see myself using this book to cover teach some of the topic that are touchy to teach. This book could guide me in the process of teaching these subject to the students.
  reyesjaramillo61 | Dec 3, 2014 |
This book should be required reading for all students, grades 6 and up. Kadir Nelson is unequivocally at the top of his game, bringing to life the vividness, the starkness, the rawness, the struggles, and the strengths of African Americans in American history. Told through the narrative drawl of a grandmother speaking to a "chile", Nelson weaves a deeply personal history into our shared history, making what is once singular and unique, pervasive and universal. His artwork is gorgeous, drawing out a richness and poignancy from well-known historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Jackie Robinson as well as from the anonymous faces of slaves and sharecroppers with equal dignity and pride.

What absolutely astounds me is that the dull textbooks of American history are considered required reading and books such as this, a multiple Coretta Scout King Award winner, are left to gather dust on library shelves. This, quite frankly, isn't a book most students are going to pick up and read for pleasure. It is, however, a book they will likely devour and undoubtedly remember if and when an insightful teacher adds it to their curriculum.

Not to be missed. Highly recommended. ( )
  Mad.River.Librarian | Apr 23, 2014 |
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Story of how African Americans struggled throughout the entire history of the United States.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061730742, Hardcover)

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it’s about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it’s about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It’s a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination and triumphs.

Kadir Nelson, one of this generation’s most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an “Everywoman,” an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, heart and soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history. This inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.

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An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

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