Black History: History in an Hour

History for busy people. Black History, or African-American History, looks at the story and culture of black Americans from the seventeenth century to the present day.

Encompassing everything from immigration to civil war, emancipation, slavery and migration, Black History in an Hour gives you a neat overview of this vast and fascinating subject.

This book is a superb introduction to the powerful varied history of African Americans. The study of Black History in the West has to be seen primarily in the context of American history. It was in the USA, where all men are created equal, that slavery and the fight for civil rights had its most profound effect.

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  • Slavery: the “peculiar institution” 
  • The Black Slave: three-fifths the man
  • North and South: “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong” 
  • War and emancipation: “Previous condition of servitude”
  • The Jim Crow Era: “Separate but equal”
  • War, Migration and depression: “Black is beautiful”
  • War and Windrush: “To secure these rights”
  • The Civil Rights movement 1“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
  • The Civil Rights Movement 2: “Burn, burn, burn”
  • Black Power: “We gonna stop them white men from whuppin’ us” 
  • Britain and South Africa: “Rivers of blood”
  • Forty years later: “Because of the color of her skin”

Reader reviews:

“Hard to believe anyone could cover black history in an hour… But History In An Hour does a great job!”

“Perfect History Lesson’s For People On The Go!  I really enjoyed Rupert Colley’s audio book collections of History in an Hour. They teach me so much, and for a busy person like me on the go, it works out great to pick up such informative information of things that I thought that I already knew. 

This audio book, Black History: History in an Hour, really ‘hit the spot’ and reminded me of things that I already knew, but at the same time helped me to learn a couple of new things too. 

I highly recommend the whole series of “History in an Hour” audio books. 

It would make perfect classroom teaching too!” Audio review

“I stumbled upon a tweet mentioning slavery and I clicked the link which led me to the iTunes store. I bought it and read it… Bought another and another and another… Get it now!

“This is a compelling read.”

“For an hour’s read I thought this was perfect. You can’t cover everything in an hour so given that constraint this is an excellent intro. Very good writing too.”

Excellent. Must use it as part of my teaching :)”

“The book was true to its title. It took me about an hour to read. It contained a number of key facts, but it left me wanting more depth, more detail. Still, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Black History, and wants a basic introductory grounding.”

“The History in an Hour series continues to turn out high quality books that grab the attention and spark interest in very diverse subjects.  And so it is with ‘Black History’. The book is in the familiar History in an Hour format with a couple of pages of introduction, the main narrative peppered with illustrations, short biographies of all the major characters involved and finally a chronology of events.  With a short book some events that happened over years are covered in a couple of brief paragraphs yet there is still time for detailed facts which can illustrate with fascinating facts. I was amazed to read that London in 1760 had a population that was 3-6% Black and after the War of Independence the British helped 4,000 Black people escape to Canada and Britain who had fought on the Royalist side. The gas mask of WW1 was invented by a Black man, it was not until 1967 the US Supreme Court ruled against laws banning inter-racial marriage which was the same year the first Black US mayors were elected.  This book introduces the reader to a long list of historical figures who were well ahead of their time yet managed to out manoeuvre the laws and values of the times in which they lived that may of otherwise constrained others, concluding with the election of Barack Obama in 2008.  For the purposes of this book ‘Black History’ primarily relates to the struggle for equality in the face of adversity and ignorance which means a lot of the book revolves around the Black experience of the Caribbean and the United States with the familiar supporting stories of the European abolition movement but not leaving out other facts such as Denmark and Norway being the first countries to outlaw slavery in 1803. There is much more to Black history but that will be another book; can Harper Press produce “African History in an Hour”? ‘Black History’ is the subject name but it is also part of the history of all of our forefathers who as perpetrators, victims or improvers all have their footnote in history. This should be read in conjunction with two other History in an Hour books: American Slavery: History in an Hour and The American Civil War: History in an Hour

“This is a great way to understand the basics of black history and the civil rights movement. An excellent read.”