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Beads On A String: America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History

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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (30 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480250457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480250451
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Ey was born in Texas and reared as an Army brat. There is the constant need to speak, writing and telling stories is the way she choose to socialize. As the single-parent of three daughters, Ey Wade has worked in the childcare profession for over thirty years. Ey considers herself to be a caged in frustrated author of thought provoking, mind bending eBooks, an occasional step-in parent, a fountain of knowledge, and ready to share. She is the mother of three daughters that were previously home-schooled and are now have graduated from college and the drooling 'Lovey' to a five year old boy, Jett Parker Ellington Wade. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Ey Wade has written a unique and important book that put all racial History under one umbrella. Wade has done a tremendous job collecting information on all races, and all subjects related to them. "Beads on a String" is a piece of History that was missing until this book came out. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to understand more about how multiple cultures shaped the US to what it is today. Two thumbs up!
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I read this and couldn't put it down . . . in a word, fantastic!
I highly recomend thiss read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beads on A Sting 17 Nov. 2012
By David Rowinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As the white American husband of an African woman and father of two bi racial young men, I had been impatiently awaiting the publication of Ey Wade's "Beads". I was pleasantly surprised by the size and scope of this book and am finding it an invaluable resource. Though making my way through the introductory essays I have also enjoyed being able to open the book to an indiscriminate page and discover individuals whose place in history had grown dim. Ms. Wade shines a brilliant deserved light upon them. I shall be handing this book over to my sons that they may gain a fuller understanding of their cultural history. This is a fascinating trove of the people who have made this country what it is. Beads On A String: America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History
I shall be returning to post a more comprehensive review when I finish reading the entire book which, given its size, may take some time but am so impressed with the material I have already read that I wanted to immediately recommend the book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little-Known History Everyone Should Know 11 Feb. 2013
By Elle Zeid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Carefully researched and touchingly portrayed, this is a book that belongs in every library and classroom in America. I highly recommend it. It is an important contribution to the history of our nation, and is a good resource for historians of all types.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read In So Many Ways 3 Jun. 2011
By Jonathan Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished Beads on A String and in all sincerity I have to say it is a work of subtle genius. Several years back I read one of the most unusual history books ever written, "The Peoples' History of the United States." Anyone who has read that revelation of history as events that really happened, as opposed to events as reported by those who were left holding the most power, will see a similar sort of understanding in this amazing work by Ey Wade. An alternative title for her work could well be, "A History of the People of the United States. I can give this work no higher compliment.

I was consistently fascinated by unexpected connections, accomplishments and contributions being added to the ongoing tapestry of our country by so many people from so many ethnic and cultural backgrounds, that I simply couldn't put the book down. If I could ask for anything more, it would literally be just that...more.

This is the story of the heroes of our collective past. What is incredibly moving is that so many of these heroes have gone unsung for so long.

I can gladly recommend this book to anyone interested in the historical journey of the land we live in. Beyond that, I can just as easily recommend it to anyone who just likes a great read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Amazon review of a non-fiction book 28 May 2012
By Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ey Wade's "Beads on a String" was originally written as a textbook she could use for home-schooling her children. She was unable to find suitable reading material to support her needs for home-schooling her family so the core of their study of U.S. history became assembling the biographical and historical information from which this book was born. The major source for much of the material was the Internet (Wiki), so the research was readily incorporated into the process of home study and self-directed learning. The "beads" are a metaphor for the cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity of the United States, and the "string" is a metaphor for the whole of the USA. The book is large and fascinating---mainly a series of biographical vignettes on the people the author and her children selected as those who had a major impact on the history of the U.S. All of the "beads" make contributions; the "string" is the richer for the diversity of those contributing. "Beads on a String" has a lot to offer traditional K-12 schools and home schooling parents as supplemental material for various standard curricula in history, civics, and other social sciences.
Negatives include the need for more careful editing of typos and occasional grammatical errors, a confusing and incomplete table of Contents, and the sheer size of the book, which at 170,000+ words is intimidating to begin.
On the whole, I recommend it highly on the as-is basis for selective browsing or as a reference source to share with junior high school and older students. With more careful editing I'd consider it as a potential candidate for a commercial textbook publisher to consider producing as an inexpensive e-book series for public school reference libraries.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review From a Teen 12 July 2012
By SeaWitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review by the author.

My name is Gage Bailey and I am fourteen-years-old. My mother was given a copy of this book for review purposes as the author wanted the opinion of a kid who enjoys history - that's me! I really liked the fact that the author added so much more information in this book, more than you can find in the text books we get in school. The title is perfect. There are more than just "Americans" who helped to make the history of our country and I think it is sad that we don't get to hear about them at school. We are all beads on the same string, and everything we do, no matter how big or small, makes history.

The only thing I wish is that the author would have added more of her opinion in the book. I do realize it is non-fiction, but I would have liked to know more about what she thought when she was researching and writing it. What she as surprised as me to find out such important and interesting facts? I really liked this book and I recommend it to anyone who loves History!
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