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Black explorers
Reef, Catherine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, 1996.
Physical Description:
xii, 116 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Profiles eight black explorers, ranging from pioneers of the 1700s to people working today.
Estéban -- Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable -- James Beckwourth -- Charles Young -- Matthew Henson -- Albert José Jones -- Guion S. Bluford -- Mae C. Jemison.
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G225 .R44 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
G225 .R44 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Each volume in the American Profiles series provides middle and high school students with concise information on eight to thirteen important and influential figures in a particular field of endeavor.

Profiles are organized around a movement, event, or profession that has had a significant, lasting impact on American history and contemporary life. Essential biographical information is included for each figure, but the heart of each profile describes the critical achievements and contributions of the individual under consideration and assesses the subject's significance, not only in the context of the person's own lifetime, but in the broader sweep of American history.

Placing each figure's achievements and contributions in a historical context makes each profile the ideal source for preparing reports. Students can use this framework as a basis for comparisons and contrasts, which will given them a better understanding of how individuals shape, and are shaped by, the times in which they live.

Profiles: Esteban; Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable; James Beckwourth; Charles Young; Matthew Henson; Albert Jose Jones; Guion S. Bluford, Jr.; and Mae C. Jemison.

Author Notes

Catherine Reef received a degree in English from Washington State University. She began her career as a writer at Washington State, where she created brochures for the College of Pharmacy and developed the university's first research magazine. She is the author of more than 35 nonfiction books for young people. She has received several awards including the Joan G. Sugarman Children's Book Award for Walt Whitman in 1996, the Sydney Taylor Award for Sigmund Freud: Pioneer of the Mind in 2002, and a Golden Kite Honor Award for Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life in 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)