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5.0 out of 5 starsWe must move forward
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2019
My God! All the things we have never learned, things that shaped our lives. I cried, but I am older. Read and share.
4.0 out of 5 starsA basic introduction to black history
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2012
The book was true to its title. It took me about an hour to read. It contained a number of key facts, but it left me wanting more depth, more detail. Still, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Black History, and wants a basic introductory grounding.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe subject is Black history, but it is also everyone's history
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2012
The History in an Hour series continues to turn out high quality books that grab the attention and spark interest in very diverse subjects.
And so it is with "Black History". The book is in the familiar "History in an Hour" format with a couple of pages of introduction, the main narrative peppered with illustrations, short biographies of all the major characters involved and finally a chronology of events.
With a short book some events that happened over years are covered in a couple of brief paragraphs yet there is still time for detailed facts which can illustrate with fascinating facts. I was amazed to read that London in 1760 had a population that was 3-6% Black and after the War of Independence the British helped 4,000 Black people escape to Canada and Britain who had fought on the Royalist side. The gas mask of WW1 was invented by a Black man, it was not until 1967 the US Supreme Court ruled against laws banning inter-racial marriage which was the same year the first Black US mayors were elected.
This book introduces the reader to a long list of historical figures who were well ahead of their time yet managed to out manoeuvre the laws and values of the times in which they lived that may of otherwise constrained others, concluding with the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
For the purposes of this book Black History primarily relates to the struggle for equality in the face of adversity and ignorance which means a lot of the book revolves around the Black experience of the Caribbean and the United States with the familiar supporting stories of the European abolition movement but not leaving out other facts such as Denmark and Norway being the first countries to outlaw slavery in 1803. There is much more to Black history but that will be another book; can Harper Press produce "African History in an Hour"?
"Black History" is the subject name but it is also part of the history of all of our forefathers who as perpetrators, victims or improvers all have their footnote in history.
This should be read in conjunction with two other History in an Hour books:
American Slavery: History in an Hour
The American Civil War: History in an Hour
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2013
I am a supporter of the'History in an Hour' series as they are simply to the point and by the very nature of construction, deals just with the salient points of the topical subject. This book is in keeping with the structure theme, well written to enable the reader to link events how they happened and, simply, quite showed be how little I know about Black History (I honestly thought I knew more than I actually did). It prompts me to find out more.
Generally very good and covers much of what you would want to know. But felt like the last few chapters were rushed through somewhat. But like all in this series a great read and full of good information.