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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (May 5 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471148040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471148043
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,715,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 7-10ATracing the achievements of innovators from the 18th century to the present, Sullivan presents a range of creative people, and places each story within the context of the struggle for equal rights and opportunities. While some of the 25 entries are standards (Benjamin Banneker), others are less well-known (David Nelson Crosthwait, Jr., Jane Cooke Wright). Unfortunately, this title focuses primarily on men; only three women are included. On many levels, however, it succeeds. In each biographical sketch, sidebars highlight specific parts of the inventor's story, often expanding on the inventions or relating a personal anecdote. Definitions appear in the margins, enabling readers to grasp the often technical nature of these innnovations. Black-and-white photos and illustrations supplement the text. A worthy companion to Jim Haskins's Outward Dreams (Walker, 1991) and Robert C. Hayden's Nine African-American Inventors (21st Century Bks., 1992).ACarol Fazioli, Cardinal Hayes Library, Manhattan College, NY
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Gr. 5^-8. Although some of these inventors have had individual books written about them (Benjamin Banneker) and others have been included in other collective biographies (especially Madame C. J. Walker), there is enough variety and range to make this a worthwhile purchase. It is also a particularly engaging book to read; Sullivan highlights those aspects of the subjects' lives that will interest readers the most and writes about them with insight. The book is attractive, too, with lots of historical engravings and photographs. Among the people profiled in the two-or three-page spreads are Garrett Morgan, who invented the gas mask; Dr. Charles Drew, who did pioneering research in blood donation; and John Moon, who developed floppy disks. Chronology; notes; bibliography. Ilene Cooper

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By A Customer on Sept. 20 2000
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African American Inventors (Black Stars Series)
What a great book! I highly recommend this book if you have ever wondered where one may find information about African American Inventors. I found that the information contained within this book was very insightful and informative. The content is easy to read and allows the reader to see (if you will) first hand just how difficult it was (is) for minorities to overcome ignorance in order to contribute and enhance the betterment of all mankind through technology!
In a nutshell this book is excellent resource for all students of all races and creeds. African American Inventors is also a great book for young inventors who may need a little encouragement and hope in seeing their dreams become reality.
Finally, as a parent I give this book two thumbs up!
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What a great book! I highly recommend this book if you have ever wondered where can I find information about African American Inventors. I found that the information was very insightful and informative to both myself and to my son. The content is easy to read and allows the reader to see (if you will) first hand just how difficult it was (is) for minorities to overcome ignorance in order to enhance the betterment of mankind through technology!
In a nutshell this book is excellent resource for all students of all races and creeds. African American Inventors is also a great book for young inventors who may need a little encouragement and hope in a pseudo biased world.
Finally, as a parent I give this book two thumbs up!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
African American Inventors (Black Stars Series) Sept. 22 2000
By Vincent Shanks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
African American Inventors (Black Stars Series)
What a great book! I highly recommend this book if you have ever wondered where can I find information about African American Inventors. I found that the information was very insightful and informative to both myself and to my son. The content is easy to read and allows the reader to see (if you will) first hand just how difficult it was (is) for minorities to overcome ignorance in order to enhance the betterment of mankind through technology!
In a nutshell this book is excellent resource for all students of all races and creeds. African American Inventors is also a great book for young inventors who may need a little encouragement and hope in a pseudo biased world.
Finally, as a parent I give this book two thumbs up!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
African American Inventors Sept. 20 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
African American Inventors (Black Stars Series)
What a great book! I highly recommend this book if you have ever wondered where one may find information about African American Inventors. I found that the information contained within this book was very insightful and informative. The content is easy to read and allows the reader to see (if you will) first hand just how difficult it was (is) for minorities to overcome ignorance in order to contribute and enhance the betterment of all mankind through technology!
In a nutshell this book is excellent resource for all students of all races and creeds. African American Inventors is also a great book for young inventors who may need a little encouragement and hope in seeing their dreams become reality.
Finally, as a parent I give this book two thumbs up!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HISTORY THAT IS NOT TAUGHT IN OUR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL SYSTEMS July 31 2011
By James A. Robinson Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of us in my generation only learned about the contributions of Black people when we went to college and took a Black History course and or studied Black History. Most minorities and White people take for granted on a daily basis many things we use daily and we just assume someone other than a Black person invented things such as the elevator, traffic lights, increased the production of how cotton was ginned; the many uses of the peanut. Buy this book! Most are totally unaware that a Black man orchestrated the building of Washington DC when the French architect who was hired to complete the drawings and oversee the construction became involved in a disagreement with those who funded the project. He took his drawings and all documents and returned to France. A Black man working under the French architect advised those funding the project that he could build the project. He did so from MEMORY. Buy the book! Many of these inventors were SLAVES. Some slave owners tried to steal and take credit for many inventions in use today. However, even in those times slaves prevailed in the court system although he remained a slave. This writing is but a superb primer into the many things in use today that are the result the brilliant minds of Black people. Just imagine during WWII the United States Congress debated whether a black American could fly a war plane. They brought forth finding that a Black man's brain was the size of an "APES" with about the same capacity to learn. Eleanor Roosevelt, President Roosevelt's wife learned that even though the Tuskegee Airmen the 332 fighter squadron, were trained to fly and fight were not allowed to fight; She was the main reason the Tuskegee Airmen did fight in WWII and served with distinction. Learn about the all black segregated air squadron that flew the P51 Mustang and was requested by White bomber pilots to escort them on raids into Germany because those Black pilots never lost a bomber that they escorted into Germany, but that's in another primer.

When I was in grade school in California I learned nothing about Black History. When my father, a soldier, was transferred to Virginia I went to segregated schools, as the South was segregated even though the military was integrated and I lived in integrated military housing on the base. We were taught some things in elementary school about Black History and more so when I started high school. This was also when all these text books were new. Most text books for all grade levels were recycled from the all white school districts, but some new text books were provided to fill our schools need. When we were transferred back to California there was no more black history taught until i took a course in college. Great book not just for Black people, but for anyone interested in the missing chapters of OUR AMERICAN HISTORY!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
young readers book club of Conyers review May 22 2009
By M. W. George - Published on Amazon.com
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We love the book. It is an advanced book for our group, but we found it to be educational, historical, and that it completely covers the fundamentals of African American inventors historical path. This is definitly a book we all would recomend. We loved reading it.
A Good Introduction To Black Inventors Aug. 25 2010
By Robin Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for a brief review of some of the contributions of Black Inventors to American proseprity. "Black Inventors Stars" is an excellent source to get you started. It is geared towards a younger audience but would be a useful source for all ages. Simply because Black history is not taught in main stream education, you have to search it out. Consequently a lot of people are ignorant to the contribuitions of Blacks to American Society. And that includes not a few Black adults. So if you are looking for a brief synopis to gain knowledge yourself or an introduction of Black history to your children. I would say buy this book it is a good source for beginning knowledge, for any race, to learn how the inventions of black people have subsidized America.


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