The history of African Americans is rich, vast, and sometimes overwhelmingly complex for students approaching the subject for the first time. This two-volume set begins with an overview essay of the remarkable history of African Americans, from the earliest days of slavery to the stories, figures, achievements, and continued struggles of the present day. An integrated timeline and A-Z section of key events, issues, groups, and terms--including relevant court cases and legislation regarding African Americans--clearly present significant historical aspects for students. Important primary source documents are highlighted in sidebars throughout each volume. Special care is taken, particularly with older documents, to excerpt enough material to contextualize quotes and make them more understandable, but not so much material that young readers lose interest in a sea of daunting language. Unfamiliar terms are further explained in "call out" boxes that define each term, and the terms are also supplemented by a glossary. Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1492-1876 Volume 2: From Reconstruction to Today, 1877-Present Set Features: 288 pages in 2 volumes 7 x 10 2-color interior 100 Photographs 40 Maps, Charts, and Graphs Sidebars and Fact boxes Timelines Primary Documents Glossary Index. Curriculum Themes: African peoples coming to America History of slavery in the United States Civil War and its impact on African Americans Segregation & civil rights African Americans today (struggles & contributions). Reading Level: 6th-8th GradesMedia Projects, Inc., Staff is the author of 'Student Almanac of African American History', published 2003 under ISBN 9780313325960 and ISBN 0313325960.