Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle For Freedom

Author Myers, Walter Dean
Language English
Publisher
New York: Scholastic, 1993




Annotation:

A history of the African-American struggle for freedom and equality, beginning with the capture of Africans in 1619, continuing through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and into contemporary times.



Subjects :

  • History
  • African Americans
  • Afro-Americans
  • Juvenile literature

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read, 2006 Cooperative Children's Book Center
  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Twelfth Edition, 1995 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Horn Book Fanfare, 1991 Horn Book
  • Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, 1994 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1991
  • Notable Children's Books, 1992 Association for Library Service to Children
  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education
  • YALSA Best Books for Youth, 1992 American Library Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Carter G. Woodson Book Award, 1992 Outstanding Merit Book United States
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award, 1992 Winner United States
  • Golden Kite Award, 1992 Honor Book United States
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 1992 Honor Book United States
  • Jefferson Cup Award, 1992 Worthy of Special Note Virginia
  • Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, 1992 Honor Book United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • MRA Reader's Choice Award, 1997; Nominee Michigan

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0064461203
HarperCollins $17.95 and $10.95. () 1991.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 8
Accelerated Reader Points 12


0060243716, 0060243708
HarperCollins (New York:) 1991.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 8.3
Accelerated Reader Points 9


0590464000
Scholastic (New York:) 1993.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 1030
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 8
Accelerated Reader Points 12

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Reviews :

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
There are voids in the European accounting of American life, but now African-American voices come forth to correct history. Walter Dean Myers' Now Is Your Time! documents the African-American struggle for freedom through events, people, photographs, documents, and even his personal history. His foreword and afterward are stirring statements of belief. 1991, HarperCollins, $17.89 and $10.95. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins $17.95 and $10.95., PUBLISHED: 1991)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1991)
Walter Dean Myers writes "Before you go forward, you must know where you have been." Myers' dynamic rendering of African-American history provides three distinct dimensions for such self-knowledge and progress: a general chronological summary, specific biographical accounts and a striking patchwork of personal ancestry. Throughout his overview of events and conditions of the enslavement of the African peoples, Myers interweaves compelling human stories. "What we understand of our history is what we understand of ourselves," he says, and so he interprets the necessary creation of the African-American extended family and the prevalence of certain means of expression within African-American life. The ringing conclusion challenges readers to think of African-Americans' past and present as those of a people fully deserving of rights and equally blessed with the gifts necessary for success. "I bring as much truth as I know," writes the author. Myers' account of the Plantation Society, his biography of the chief's son Abd al-Rahman Ibrathima, and his interpretation of the contributions of individuals such as Ida B. Wells exemplify the three-fold way this powerful 23-chapter book contributes new information, fresh insight and--ultimately--welcomes hope to all readers. Winner, 1991 CCBC Coretta Scott King Discussion for Writing. CCBC categories: History, People And Places; Biography And Autobiography. 1991, HarperCollins, $17.95 and $10.95. Ages 9 and older.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins $17.95 and $10.95., PUBLISHED: 1991)

Sherri F. Ginsberg (KLIATT Review, April 1992 (Vol. 26, No. 3))
This book belongs in all school curriculums. It is history at its best--alive, entertaining and informative. It documents the African-American struggle for freedom. Beginning with the capture of Africans in 1619, it continues through the American Revolution and the Civil War into modern times. There are descriptions of people who should be known to all Americans because of their courageous accomplishments: Nat Turner, the Fuller family, George Latimer, James Forten, Ida B. Wells, and Meta Vaux Warrick, just to mention a few. It is superbly written and researched by a prominent writer who enhances his work with terrific b/w photographs. It makes one think. It makes history exciting. It is a must purchase for all collections. KLIATT Codes: JS*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1991, HarperTrophy, 292p. illus. bibliog. index. 23cm. 91-314, $10.95. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins $17.95 and $10.95., PUBLISHED: 1991)

Randy Meyer (Booklist, Nov. 1, 1991 (Vol. 88, No. 5))
Slaves, soldiers, inventors, political leaders, and artists. Novelist Myers traces the path of African Americans--some in his own family--through American history, turning in an entertaining work recommended for personal reading and curricular use. Interwoven with his narrative of historical events are brief biographical sketches of influential and ordinary people. Both the strength and the weakness of this book, these vignettes add vital personal information to dry political and military details. But they also halt the flow of Myers' narration, which may prove troublesome for younger readers. Still, Myers is a compelling writer, and his unifying theme of the constant struggle for freedom will be inspirational to many. This is one history book that's easy to booktalk and designed to lead to further reading. To be illustrated with photographs. A bibliography is planned. Category: Older Readers. 1991, HarperCollins, $17.95 and $17.89. Gr. 6-9.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1991.)

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
There are voids in the European accounting of American life, but now African-American voices come forth to correct history. Walter Dean Myers' Now Is Your Time! documents the African-American struggle for freedom through events, people, photographs, documents, and even his personal history. His foreword and afterward are stirring statements of belief. 1991, HarperCollins, $17.89 and $10.95. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1991.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1991)
Walter Dean Myers writes "Before you go forward, you must know where you have been." Myers' dynamic rendering of African-American history provides three distinct dimensions for such self-knowledge and progress: a general chronological summary, specific biographical accounts and a striking patchwork of personal ancestry. Throughout his overview of events and conditions of the enslavement of the African peoples, Myers interweaves compelling human stories. "What we understand of our history is what we understand of ourselves," he says, and so he interprets the necessary creation of the African-American extended family and the prevalence of certain means of expression within African-American life. The ringing conclusion challenges readers to think of African-Americans' past and present as those of a people fully deserving of rights and equally blessed with the gifts necessary for success. "I bring as much truth as I know," writes the author. Myers' account of the Plantation Society, his biography of the chief's son Abd al-Rahman Ibrathima, and his interpretation of the contributions of individuals such as Ida B. Wells exemplify the three-fold way this powerful 23-chapter book contributes new information, fresh insight and--ultimately--welcomes hope to all readers. Winner, 1991 CCBC Coretta Scott King Discussion for Writing. CCBC categories: History, People And Places; Biography And Autobiography. 1991, HarperCollins, $17.95 and $10.95. Ages 9 and older.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1991.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1991)
What happens when a gifted novelist (Scorpions, 1988, Newbery Honor) chooses to write the story of his people? In this case, the result is engrossing history with a strong unifying theme, the narrative enriched with accounts of outstanding lives. With well-chosen specifics and lucid generalizations, Myers recounts the history of African-Americans, skillfully providing a context for longer treatment of events with far-reaching significance (e.g., the involvement of black soldiers in the Civil War or landmark cases like Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Education). Most compelling are the interwoven stories of representative African-Americans, bringing the history vividly to life: Ibrahima, unconquerable African prince; James Forten, entrepreneur; George Latimer, a fugitive who won his freedom but ended his life "a deeply troubled man"; Ida B. Wells, journalist; Meta Vaux Warrick, sculptor; and many more. The complex emotions generated by the more recent Civil Rights movement make it difficult to summarize, but even here Myers's entire presentation is dignified, well balanced, and without rancor, reflecting--like many of the lives he depicts--the movement's generous spirit. Speaking as an African-American, Myers concludes with an eloquent homily recalling the noble qualities of the people he has described and reminding readers that we should "be no less than we can be" and that "before you can go forward, you must know where you have been." For Americans of any color, he makes a notably persuasive case for doing both. Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. The African-american Struggle For Freedom. 1991, HarperCollins, $17.95; PLB $17.89. Starred Review. © 1991 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1991.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Combining the emotional and plot-weaving powers of his novelist talents with a strong author's presence, Myers portrays the quests of individual Africans against the background of broader historical movements. Instead of a comprehensive, strict chronology, Myers offers, through freed slave Ibrahima, investigative reporter Ida Wells, artist Meta Warrick Fuller, inventor George Latimore, artist Dred Scott, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and others, history at its best--along with deeper understanding of past and contemporary events. Readers will grasp reasons behind incidents ranging from bewildering Supreme Court decisions to the historical need for the black extended family. Intriguing and rousing. Photos not seen by PW. Ages 11-up. (Nov.)
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1991.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Scholastic, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
xi 292 p.:
(973/.0496073)
0590464000
9780590464000
HarperCollins $17.95 and $10.95., 1991

Media Type:

0064461203
9780064461207
New York: HarperTrophy, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
292 p.:
(973/.0496073)
9780064416122
0064416127
New York: HarperCollins, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
xi 292 p.:
E185 (973/.0496073)
0060243708
0060243716
9780060243708
9780060243715

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