Item #17853 Negroes in American History: A Freedom Primer. Children Civil Rights.
Negroes in American History: A Freedom Primer
Negroes in American History: A Freedom Primer
Negroes in American History: A Freedom Primer

Negroes in American History: A Freedom Primer

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[Civil Rights], [Children Literature] Cieciorka, Bobby and Frank. Negros in American History: A Freedom Primer. Atlanta: The Student Voice, 1966. Revised edition in original wrappers. This book is an introducing elementary-school-aged children to the African-American history omitted from traditional white-dominated school curricula. 63 pages. 10.5" x 8.25" inches. This "freedom fighting history book" gives a succinct history of the Black experience in America, complete with illustrations. It is written for a young audience but is not simplistic in the ideas that it conveys, aiming to introduce children to an African-American history omitted from the traditional white-dominated school curricula. It not only summarizes the general trajectory of African-American history, but introduces key questions and themes like interracial working-class solidarity, the role of women as history-makers, the role of police in society, and the problems with the American two-party duopoly. The cover of this influential book shows four hands and one fist reaching for the sky. This is thought to be the first use of the fist as an emblem in the 1960s civil rights movement. Graphic artist Frank Cieciorka drew inspiration from seeing the clenched fist salute at a Socialist rally in San Francisco, and applied it to the Black freedom struggle, with the hands' being depicted in various contortions: a fist, an open palm, and as twisted, agonized claws. Aside from being an influential graphic artist, Frank Cieciorka was a SNCC member who helped run a Freedom School in Arkansas full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year with classes in African American history, black cultural awareness, art, drama, typing, foreign language, and voter registration for adults. He was also a principal organizer of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, a formation which sought to challenge the white supremacist Mississippi Democratic Party from the left by harnessing the vote of the state's large black population. Covers slightly tanned along spine but in very good condition overall.

Item #17853

Price: $750.00