By Jack Rummel

From Booklist a part of proof On File's A to Z of African american citizens sequence, this quantity offers with African American social reformers and political activists from the eighteenth century as much as the current. Its meant viewers is high-school scholars, undergraduates, and most people. the writer contains 164 profiles, each among one and 3 pages lengthy, with Martin Luther King Jr.'s access the longest at virtually 4 pages. different entries contain Joseph Cinque, Jesse Jackson, Rosa Parks, and Sojourner fact. Rummel has written different biographical works, comparable to *Langston Hughes* (Chelsea, 1988) and *Malcolm X* (Chelsea, 1989). The ebook starts off with an advent that offers historic context. the particular articles are indexed in alphabetical order and comprise cross-references to different members profiled within the ebook. Fifty black-and-white pictures accompany the textual content. After every one access the writer presents an inventory of extra readings, and he has additionally integrated a basic bibliography on the finish of the paintings. there's a common index in addition to one who lists members through yr of start and one other through their major actions, comparable to abolition and schooling. In transparent, concise language, the writer manages to write down entries that strike a superb stability among the private and the general public, in brief sketching backgrounds prior to delving into accomplishments actions. One minor flaw is the truth that such a lot of of the "further readings" indexed after every one access are internet established; not less than one website we checked was once already old-fashioned and inaccessible. This booklet is suggested for high-school, undergraduate, and public libraries. even though there are different works that debate reformers from a specific period, no different paintings covers this 200-year span.*RBB* *Copyright © American Library organization. All rights reserved*

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His father, William H. Chase, was a well-to-do blacksmith, and his mother, Lucinda Seaton Chase, was a member of a middle-class black family who lived in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington. The second of six children, Calvin Chase grew up in a respectable, integrated neighborhood. He attended an elementary school that was housed in the basement of a Presbyterian church near his house, and later he enrolled at a public high school. He did not attend college as an undergraduate but did attend classes at the Howard University Law School in 1883–84.

Writing under the pen name “Rollin,” he chronicled the combat and day-to-day existence experienced by units of the Army of the James, a subgroup of General Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Potomac that had been assigned the job of pushing up the banks of the James River toward the Confederate capital of Richmond. It is said that he wrote a dispatch about the federal army’s capture of Richmond while seated at the desk of the deposed Confederate president, Jefferson Davis. After the war, Chester began work as a fundraiser for a Pennsylvania group that sent money and teachers to help freed slaves in the South.

As a result of lack of funds, the National Training School was forced to shut its doors for a brief time. In the northern cities especially, African Americans were especially hard hit, as hundreds of thousands were thrown out of work. , which provided free medical care as well as a hairdressing salon and a small department store for poor women. Burroughs contributed to several women’s groups outside the realm of the Baptist Church. She was a member of the National Association of Colored Women and a founder of the National Association of Wage Earners.

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