3. Contextualizing The Firsts

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African-American books were slow to gain attention within mainstream readership, publishers, and organizations that recognized and awarded creativity. In 1922, the John Newbery Medal was first presented to […]

4. African Traditions and Storytelling

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African-American literature is essentially a synthesis of values and rituals rooted in African and American society. Recognizing African oral storytelling as the origin of African-American children’s literature is […]

5. The Middle Passage

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The Middle Passage was a triangular trade route in which millions of Africans were shipped to other countries, including the New World, as part of the Atlantic […]

8. Segregation

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The beginning of Segregation preceded the Civil War, when in 1857 the Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sanford that African Americans were not U.S. citizens, […]

10. The Civil Rights Era

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The Civil Rights Movement began in 1954 following Thurgood Marshall’s successful defense of Brown v. Board 0f Education. One of the pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Era […]

11. Modern Cultural Identity

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Stimulated by the freedom of conveying culturally-authentic messages, African-American authors and illustrators set out to create an experience for African- American youth. Children readily identified themselves with stories placed […]

12. Biographical Sketches

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Hundreds of published books present the lives and accomplishments of historical African Americans. Many of the figures undertook great efforts for the betterment of the people, themselves being […]