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The African American almanac
Smith, Jessie Carney, 1930-
Eighth edition.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Group, [2000]

Physical Description:
xviii, 1360 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 29 cm
General Note:
"Formerly the Negro Almanac."
Added Uniform Title:
Negro almanac.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
E185 .P55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
E185 .P55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ
E185 .P55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Completely updated, this new 8th edition provides a range of historical and current information on African American history, society and culture. Users will also find chronologies, texts of important documents and speeches, biographical profiles, legislation, essays, statistics and more than 800 illustrations to help them with their research.

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Library Journal Review

Edited by Carney Smith (African American Breakthroughs: 500 Years of Black Firsts) and Palmisano (Notable Hispanic American Women), this weighty resource offers a wealth of information related to the African American experience. The 29 subject areas cover civil rights, black nationalism, population, religion, literature, music, science and technology, and sports, among others. Highlights include the 84-page chronology, dating back to 1492; African American firsts from 1619 to 1999; Africans in America from 1600 to 1900; and excerpts from more than 50 significant historical documents, including the Dred Scott decision, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Plessy v. Ferguson court ruling, and the Black Panther Manifesto. A typical subject chapter includes a brief introduction followed by interesting sketches of significant individuals, events, places, or organizations. The text is liberally illustrated with good-quality photographs, charts, and tables, while the appendix features almanac-type entries about recipients of selected awards (like Colin Powell's 1994 Congressional Gold Medal), federal judges, and Olympic medalists. Despite an emphasis on historical events and persons, some of the recent material is quite topical--for instance, information about tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. Unfortunately, the book contains some annoying typographical errors and, apart from citing the source for excerpted statistics and attributing most illustrations, is unreferenced. For smaller collections without major African American works, such as Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (LJ 11/15/99).--Elizabeth Connor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.