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Black stars of colonial and revolutionary times
Hoskins, James, 1941-
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Publication Information:
New York ; Chichester : Wiley, [2002]

Physical Description:
vii, 112 pages : illustrations; 24 cm.
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E185.96 .H353 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E185.96 .H353 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Black History
E185.96 .H353 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E185.96 .H353 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Discover why young people all over the country are reading the Black Stars biographies of African American heroes. Here is what you want to know about the lives of great black men and women during the Colonial and Revolutionary War era:

richard allen
crispus attucks
benjamin banneker
daniel coker
paul cuffe
austin dabney
james durham
catherine ferguson
james forten
lemuel haynes
anthony johnson
"free frank" mcworter
marie therese metoyer
jean baptiste point du sable
deborah sampson
peter salem
pierre toussaint

"The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid."
-Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine

"Inspiring stories that demonstrate what can happen when ingenuity and tenacity are paired with courage and hard work."
-Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children's Books

"Haskins has chosen his subjects well . . . catching a sense of the enormous obstacles they had to overcome. . . . Some names are familiar, but most are little-known whom Haskins elevates to their rightful place in history."

"The broad coverage makes this an unusual resource-a jumping-off point for deeper studies."
-Horn Book

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)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Estevanicop. 3
Anthony Johnsonp. 9
Crispus Attucksp. 13
Benjamin Bannekerp. 18
Marie-Therese Metoyerp. 24
Jean Baptiste Point du Sablep. 29
Private Peter Salemp. 35
Private Austin Dabneyp. 39
Phillis Wheatleyp. 42
Private Lemuel Haynesp. 49
Paul Cuffep. 54
Richard Allenp. 59
James Fortenp. 65
Deborah Sampsonp. 69
Dr. James Derhamp. 74
Pierre Toussaintp. 79
"Free Frank" McWorterp. 83
Catherine (Katy) Fergusonp. 89
Daniel Cokerp. 93
Chronologyp. 99
Notesp. 101
Bibliographyp. 103
Picture Creditsp. 105
Author Creditsp. 107
Indexp. 109