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Uncle Jed's Barbershop / by Margaree King Mitchell, illustrated by James Ransome

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Title: Uncle Jed's Barbershop
Author: Margaree King Mitchell
Illustrator:  James Ransome
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0-671-76969-3
Year: 1993
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  3.8

Concepts: saving, human & capital resources, entrepreneurship, economic history, discrimination

Summary: First-time author Mitchell crowds several themes--segregation, racism, the Depression, the American Dream--into her enterprising story. Sarah Jean's great uncle Jedediah, "the only black barber in the county,'' hangs on to his ambition to open a barber shop, despite a lifetime of obstacles that deplete his savings. First, Sarah Jean requires an expensive operation; later, the bank failures of the Depression wipe out his painstakingly replenished account.

Source of Summary: Publisher's Weekly


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