Born Black in the U.S.A. by John H. Jordan
An exploration of the history of what African Americans have endured since the United States were formed, Born Black in the U.S.A., written by John H. Jordan is an account that covers the highs and lows of the changing times for African Americans in our country. The book dissects what life was like for slaves on plantations in the south, and then moves on to other topics like the sea of change that was brought on by the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, followed by reconstruction, the fourteenth amendment, the civil rights movement, and the election of the first African American President, Barack Obama. There is a plethora of information contained within this book’s pages that is bound to inform any reader who comes across it. By writing about the time periods, events, movements, and struggles that African Americans faced, as well as including in depth information about those individuals who directly affected the lives of all African Americans in a big way, Jordan has constructed a meaningful account that can both entertain and educate its readers.
A great companion piece to Jordan’s Black Americans 17th Century to 21st Century: Black Struggles and Successes, as well as a fully functioning standalone book, Born Black in the U.S.A. tackles a lot of information and explains pretty much everything you could ever want to know about African American history. By focusing more on the events and time periods that affected how African Americans have existed within our country, Jordan uses a wider approach that works well to give an overall idea of how black people in the United States have been treated throughout time. The only recommendation we have to improve this book is a more organized structure of the different topics covered, as they do seem somewhat randomly placed throughout the narrative. Nevertheless, Born Black in the U.S.A. is a well put together volume that speaks on the behalf of all African Americans.
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