Famous firsts of Black women

Author Plowden, Martha Ward
Language English
Gretna La.: Pelican Pub. Co., 1993


Focuses on notable African-American women who have helped shape American destiny, including contributors in the fields of politics, sports, and the arts.

Subjects :

  • African Americans Biography
  • Women Biography
  • African Americans History
  • Women History
  • African American Women Biography
  • African American Women Juvenile Literature History
  • African American Women Juvenile Literature

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Best Books :

  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Thirteenth Edition, 1997 , None
  • Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Second Edition, 1997 , None
  • Young Adults' Choices, 1995 , None

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Reviews :

Ken Middleton (Arba)
Plowden uses "famous firsts" as a clever hook to get middle school students interested in reading about the achievements of African American women. For instance, the first sentence in the profile of Shirley Chisholm states that she was the first African American woman elected to Congress. Plowden then provides a good overview of Chisholm's political career. In a similar fashion, the author highlights the achievements of other women in such fields as poetry, film, law, opera, education, and sports. In this 2d edition, Plowden adds biographical profiles of Coretta Scott King and Oprah Winfrey to the 20 found in the 1st edition (see ARBA 95, entry 908). Although this work is serviceable and inexpensive, eight of the entries are so short that they provide little more than a brief summary of the achievements and awards that the individual received. In addition, Plowden has not edited the profiles from the 1st edition to reflect changes in our knowledge of these women. Therefore, Wilma Rudolph's death is not noted, and the latest information that Plowden provides about several women who are still living is from the 1980s. The bibliography is similarly outdated and does not list Websites. A comparable work, Tonya Bolden's And Not Afraid to Dare: The Stories of Ten African American Women (Scholastic, 1998), covers fewer women but provides better overall profiles. 2002, Pelican Publishing, 171p, $18.95pa
(PUBLISHER: Pelican ;Verulam [distributor] (Gretna La.:) (St. Albans:), PUBLISHED: 2006.)

S. Stevens (ParentCouncil)
Twenty African-American women, from Phillis Wheatly to Diahann Carroll, are presented in an easy-to-read style. An excellent resource for introducing young people to the achievements of some very interesting women. These women each struggled against incredible odds and used many different strategies to reach their goals. A list of further reading is included for those who want to know more about these women. 1993, Pelican Publishing Company, $15.95. Ages 10 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Pelican Pub. Co. (Gretna La.:), PUBLISHED: 1993.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Gretna La.: Pelican Pub. Co., 1993

Media Type: Language Material
155 p.:
E185.86 (305.48/896073)
Pelican ;Verulam [distributor] (Gretna La.:) (St. Albans:), PUBLISHED: 2006.,

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