Reviews for African American Inventors


The Book Report Reviews 1998 November-December
This series offers an interesting collection of biographical essays on AfricanAmerican achievers in all walks of life. The title on entrepreneurs gives an excellent overview of the hardships and prejudices African-American business leaders fought to overcome. All types of businesses and experiences of the entrepreneurs are portrayed from 1794 to 1997. Current-day personalities, such as Oprah Winfrey and Spike Lee, will entice young readers to this collection of 30 biographies. The volume about inventors is interestingly formatted. Each four- to six-page essay features historical information and boxed material related to the biography, such as the true meaning of the term "the real McCoy." How each individual dealt with difficulties and inequalities will prove inspiring to today's students. The chronology spans time from Benjamin Banneker in 1731 to the first African American woman in space in 1992. The authors' writing styles are interesting and highly readable. The books will be an invaluable part of any school or public library collection. Bibliography; chronology; photographs; drawings; glossary; index. Highly Recommended.By Kay Bowes and Shelley Glantz © 1998 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 July 1998
Gr. 5^-8. Although some of these inventors have had individual books written about them (Benjamin Banneker) and others have been included in other collective biographies (especially Madame C. J. Walker), there is enough variety and range to make this a worthwhile purchase. It is also a particularly engaging book to read; Sullivan highlights those aspects of the subjects' lives that will interest readers the most and writes about them with insight. The book is attractive, too, with lots of historical engravings and photographs. Among the people profiled in the two-or three-page spreads are Garrett Morgan, who invented the gas mask; Dr. Charles Drew, who did pioneering research in blood donation; and John Moon, who developed floppy disks. Chronology; notes; bibliography. ((Reviewed July 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
These books introduce familiar (Oprah Winfrey, George Washington Carver) and not-so-familiar (millionaire Madame C. J. Walker, realtor Philip Payton, Jr.) African Americans who have made their mark in business and science from the eighteenth century to the present. Often poorly reproduced black-and-white photos accompany the very brief biographies, but even in their brevity, the stories of hardship and success are well worth reading. Time lines are included. Bib., ind.Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1998 June
Tracing the achievements of innovators from the 18th century to the present, Sullivan presents a range of creative people, and places each story within the context of the struggle for equal rights and opportunities. While some of the 25 entries are standards (Benjamin Banneker), others are less well-known (David Nelson Crosthwait, Jr., Jane Cooke Wright). Unfortunately, this title focuses primarily on men; only three women are included. On many levels, however, it succeeds. In each biographical sketch, sidebars highlight specific parts of the inventor's story, often expanding on the inventions or relating a personal anecdote. Definitions appear in the margins, enabling readers to grasp the often technical nature of these innnovations. Black-and-white photos and illustrations supplement the text. A worthy companion to Jim Haskins's Outward Dreams (Walker, 1991) and Robert C. Hayden's Nine African-American Inventors (21st Century Bks., 1992). Carol Fazioli, Cardinal Hayes Library, Manhattan College, NY Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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