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Out of the darkness : the story of Blacks moving North, 1890-1940
Haskins, James, 1941-2005.
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Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Uses the experiences of two individuals, Ada "Bricktop" Smith and Joe Jones, to present the story of the Great Migration of Southern Blacks to northern cities from the late 1800s to the years after World War I.
Reading Level:
1230 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.7 3.0 2748.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 6 Quiz: 18235 Guided reading level: NR.
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Among the authors of this highly acclaimed series are Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Milton Meltzer, Coretta Scott King Award winner James Haskins and noted author Raymond Bial. The series itself focuses on major population shifts in America and the driving forces behind them. The authors' vivid accounts are given additional immediacy with the inclusion of excerpts from diaries, newspaper articles and letters.

Author Notes

Author Jim Haskins was born in Demopolis, Alabama on September 19, 1941. He received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1960, a B.S. from Alabama State University in 1962, and a M.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1963. After graduation, he became a special education teacher in a public school in Harlem. His first book, Diary of a Harlem School Teacher, was the result of his experience there. He taught at numerous colleges and universities before becoming an English professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1977.

He wrote more than 100 books during his lifetime, ranging from counting books for children to biographies on Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron and Spike Lee. He won numerous awards for his work including the 1976 Coretta Scott King Award for The Story of Stevie Wonder, the 1984 Coretta Scott King Award for Lena Horne, the 1979 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime; and the 1994 Washington Post Children's Book Guide Award. He also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for young adult non-fiction for Black Music in America; The March on Washington; and Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History in 1989, 1994, and 2001, respectively. He died from complications of emphysema on July 6, 2005 at the age of 63.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-These titles powerfully illustrate the origins of the African-American experience. Darkness delivers a compelling account of the "Great Migration" from the South to the North, which, in turn, gave birth to the Harlem Renaissance. The journeys of two individuals alive at this time-entertainer Bricktop Smith, who moved from West Virginia to Chicago in her youth, and Joe Jones, who left Charleston for New York City after World War I-are interwoven to personalize the text. Black-and-white photos and quotes greatly enhance the narrative, though their actual placement occasionally interrupts the chronicle's flow. Chains follows the history of African Americans from their capture in Africa to emancipation after the Civil War. Firsthand accounts, black-and-white photos and reproductions, and excerpts from newspapers and speeches dramatically convey the horrors of slavery. The author leaves no doubt that its effects linger today. "The failure of the Founding Fathers [to declare slavery illegal] left a moral legacy that has done harm to the generations that have come after." Both of these thorough, passionate titles will be valuable for reports.-Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.