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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Title: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Author: Andrea Pinkney
Illustrator: Brian Pinkney
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Publisher: Hyperion Books
ISBN: 978-1-4231-4257-7
Year: 2012
Concepts: Discrimination, Entrepreneurs, Scarcity
 
Review: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America is a powerful collection. This book shares the stories of ten black activists, authors, politicians, scientists, and sports figures. The ten men featured are Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Dubois, Asa Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Barack Obama. Organized in chronological order, these stories begin in 1730 and stretch to the present day, from the freeborn (Banneker) and the escaped slave (Douglass) to the President of the United States. Each story begins with the featured person’s childhood and progresses through adulthood, detailing each of his most well-known accomplishments.
Hand in Hand makes the stories of influential American black men accessible to elementary school-aged children. Because each individual story is about 20 pages of slightly larger-than-usual print (and scattered illustrations), it could easily be read over many sittings. The themes of hard work, education, and triumph over social, political, and economic hardship run throughout all of the biographical narratives included in this collection. Hand in Hand's educational and empowering subject matter, combined with a refreshingly casual tone, make it a delightful addition to any classroom or personal library.
 
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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