Walking readers through a rich but often overlooked part of American history, The Handy African American History Answer Book addresses the people, times, and events that influenced and changed African American history. An overview of major biographical figures and history-making events is followed by a deeper look at the development in the arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, music, government, journalism, religion, science, sports, and more. Covering the a broad range of the African American experience, showcasing interesting insights and facts, this helpful reference answers a 700 commonly-asked questions including ...What is the significance of the Apollo Theater? What were the effects of the Great Depression on black artists? Who were some of America's early free black entrepreneurs? What is the historical role of the barbershop in the African American community? and What was Black Wall Street? What does "40 acres and a mule" mean? What was the Black Arts Movement? Who were the Harlem Hellfighters? Who was the first black saint? Who was called the "Father of Blood Plasma"? What caused African Americans to lose their fidelity to "the Party of Lincoln"? What was the impact of Negro Leagues Baseball on American culture?
Blending trivia with historical review in an engaging question-and-answer format, this rich compendium is perfect for browsing and is ideal for history buffs, trivia fans, students and teachers and anyone interested in a better and more thorough understanding of history of black Americans.