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Carter G. Woodson : the man who put "Black" in American history
Haskins, James, 1941-2005.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
A biography of the son of former slaves who received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and devoted his life to bringing the achievements of his race to the world's attention.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.3 1.0 35941.
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A graduate of Harvard, and the founder of the Journal of Negro History, Carter G. Woodson's contribution to American culture is remembered annually. This biography will be illustrated with archival photos and prints from the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, founded by Woodson, and the Library of Congress, where many of his papers are filed.

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.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. From creating the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 to founding Negro History Week in 1926 (which became Black History Month in the 1970s), Woodson's achievements in bringing awareness to the black American experience beyond slavery are indisputable, but remain largely unknown to the general public. This biography highlights the obstacles and triumphs of Woodson's life, from childhood poverty to achieving a formal education, illustrating many challenges facing blacks in the early twentieth century. Simple, accessible prose paints a dimensional portrait, aptly accompanied by abstract, evocative black-and-white artwork, with subjects and symbolism explained in an artist's note at the beginning. The profile is well-rounded, acknowledging both Woodson's virtues and shortcomings, and it effectively conveys his importance in encouraging black pride and the recognition of blacks' diverse contributions to American history. The brief bibliography includes only one Woodson article, although many of his works are cited in the text. --Shelle Rosenfeld

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and spent his entire adult life working to insure that black history would be included in the study of U.S. history. His life of research, writing, and teaching led to the establishment of Black History Month and the inclusion of the contributions of African Americans in scholarly books and textbooks. Haskins and Benson give a well-written, balanced portrayal of Woodson's life and achievements. Reim's six black-and-white full-page illustrations are painted with bold images in the style of modern murals. Small figures along the bottom of the paintings look up as if viewing the scene from the street. The artwork depicts aspects of Woodson's life while containing elements symbolic of the African-American struggle. The artist explains each painting in an "Art Notes" section. Patricia and Fredrick McKissack's Carter G. Woodson (Enslow, 1991) is a more simplified account for younger readers.-Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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