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History for busy people. Black History, or African-American History, looks at the story and culture of black Americans from the seventeenth century to the present day.Encompassing everything from immigration to civil war, emancipation, slavery and migration, Black History in an Hour gives you a neat overview of this vast and fascinating subject.This audio download is a superb introduction to the long and varied history of African Americans.
Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour…
©2012 Rupert Colley (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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By Josh B on 08-25-17

Missing something...

I guess you can't expect much when you only have an hour. So needless to say there is a lot left out and it seems a bit rushed toward the end (after 1960) since so much of the time was used to discuss slavery and the birth of a new nation. It makes it seem as though nothing important happened from 1960 until the election of Obama. Overall though it hit the high points and called out the main players in black history so it gives a taste of history and not the full story. The imitations of JFK and MLK's voices and diction were not necessary and could have just been read in the regular voice of the narrator and just quoted.

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By Amazon Customer on 08-18-17

The cliff notes of the cliff notes

A highlight reel of already well known stories of primarily African American history. Briefly glances over some influential and notable contributors. His Black and southern accents were unnecessary and minimizing. The last ten minutes does a super compact mention of South African recent history. The stories told from a Eurocentric view, the story begins with slavery in the U.K, to slavery in America, to South Africa and ending with Barak Obama. Excludes most of the diaspora. Would have been better to limit the story to a specific region and time period.

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By Tevin on 08-16-17

Black history

Telling the Black History or any similar topic in an hour or less is quite a challenge. My opinion: the author made a great job. Obviously, that should just be the starting point for anyone interested in history of human beings. And is there any better way to avoid mistakes than learning from our past? Tevin GM

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By cmj123 on 06-05-17

Civil right history not equal to black history

The title 'Black History' is not necessarily the best title for such a book. A better title is 'Black civil right history.' Nothing was mentioned about black contributions in science, arts and innovation. To me, the book examines more the negative and weaker aspect of black history.

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By Graeme on 10-05-17

The American accents were shocking. Nice try John

An interesting summary of the era. I particularly enjoyed the sections that moved back and forth between the US and UK civil rights developments.

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