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Black History: History in an Hour

Black History: History in an Hour [Kindle Edition]

Rupert Colley
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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

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 e-book is a superb introduction to the long and varied history of African Americans.

Know your stuff: read about Black History in just one hour.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1103 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (8 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IGZUR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rupert Colley, a former librarian, is the founder of 'History In An Hour', a series of titles that can be read in just sixty minutes - history for busy people. Published by William Collins, part of HarperCollins, the books are available here on the Amazon Kindle. As well as the titles written by Rupert, there are a number of other authors writing for the series - all readable In An Hour, and all intelligently and engagingly written.

Rupert's first work of historical fiction, 'My Brother the Enemy', is a novella about two brothers, twins, and their rivalry and jealousies, and the girl they both love, set against the violent backdrop of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, a "good, fast, page-turning read".

His second novel, 'This Time Tomorrow: an epic story of love set in World War One', is, as the subtitle suggests, a World War 1 novel, a compelling story of war, brotherly love, passion and betrayal.

Rupert's third novel, 'The Black Maria', set during Stalin's reign, in Moscow, 1935, is now out.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The History in an Hour series continues to turn out high quality books that grab the attention and spark interest in very diverse subjects.

And so it is with "Black History". The book is in the familiar "History in an Hour" format with a couple of pages of introduction, the main narrative peppered with illustrations, short biographies of all the major characters involved and finally a chronology of events.

With a short book some events that happened over years are covered in a couple of brief paragraphs yet there is still time for detailed facts which can illustrate with fascinating facts. I was amazed to read that London in 1760 had a population that was 3-6% Black and after the War of Independence the British helped 4,000 Black people escape to Canada and Britain who had fought on the Royalist side. The gas mask of WW1 was invented by a Black man, it was not until 1967 the US Supreme Court ruled against laws banning inter-racial marriage which was the same year the first Black US mayors were elected.

This book introduces the reader to a long list of historical figures who were well ahead of their time yet managed to out manoeuvre the laws and values of the times in which they lived that may of otherwise constrained others, concluding with the election of Barack Obama in 2008.

For the purposes of this book Black History primarily relates to the struggle for equality in the face of adversity and ignorance which means a lot of the book revolves around the Black experience of the Caribbean and the United States with the familiar supporting stories of the European abolition movement but not leaving out other facts such as Denmark and Norway being the first countries to outlaw slavery in 1803.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Black history 25 May 2014
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A great book for young black or white youths
To understand how lucky they are to live in
This time ,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to an important part of history 1 April 2014
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If you have not read much about black history then start here. It will impact you view of your history
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review in one hour 24 Nov 2013
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The book truly did what it said on the cover that is give an excellently connected weaving narrative on a lively piece of history - all within an hour. I look forward to reading more in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black History - History in an hour 28 Sep 2013
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Brilliant - This book will tell me everything I need to know
and it won't be endless hundreds of daunting pages which
will take an insane length of time to read - It is short and
easy - Just what I'm looking for - I've been after books like
this for a very long time
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must a starting point 30 Mar 2013
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A brief and informative background to Black History. It matters if you want to know how we've got where we are today!
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