Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events

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African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events. By Karen Juanita Carrillo. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2012. 420p. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-159884-360-6). E-book available (978-1-59884-361-3), call for pricing.

The format of going through the calendar and noting significant events that occurred on each date seems of little use for reference service, but it can make for interesting browsing and perhaps as a tool for teachers who use the calendar as an entry point for helping young people discover history. For those who value such projects, Carrillo's guide will be welcome.

As with similar one-volume works, the entries are single paragraphs, sometimes very short, but there is a lead entry for each date to which Carrillo, who is an award-winning journalist, adds interesting scholarly touches. There is an extensive, sourced quotation related to the entry, and then bibliographic information for books and websites is provided for those who want to research further. There are no illustrations.

The entries are varied, mostly a sentence or two about an event--often a birth--although some of the events are deemed more significant than others. The birth of author James Baldwin is the lead entry for August 2, but there is also a long paragraph about William Still using his home for the Underground Railroad. …

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