Reviews and Blog Posts: American history

Pow! Kaboom! Twak! Ping! Vrooom!....The History of African Americans in Comics

The untold story of African American superheroes.

Did you know that African/African Americans have had a lengthy yet unrecognized presence in comics? The first comic book created by an African American (Orrin Evans and All Negro Comics #1) didn’t arrive until 1947. But there were a number of Black people featured in both mainstream and Black newspaper press strips for many years before that. Not all of the images that were presented were positive or free of stereotypes, but all of them were steps towards the explosion of characters present today.

One came home

by Amy Timberlake

Reviewer Rating:
5

When her sister disappeared, the sheriff came back with a body, but Georgie Burkhardt was not about to believe that the body could possibly be her sister. If no one else was going to set off to find the answers, she will  just have to take matters into her own...

Command and control [nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety]

by Eric Schlosser

Reviewer Rating:
5

I didn't read much nonfiction until I started working for the library, but now I can't seem to get enough of it. I highly recommend Command and Control, for three reasons.

First, the subject: America's nuclear weapons development and programs. I knew next to nothing about the subject, so it was...

Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker a novel

by Jennifer Chiaverini

Reviewer Rating:
2

Mrs. Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave, was Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante. Elizabeth bought her freedom before the Civil War started.  I found the idea of the story a fascinating one. Was Mrs. Keckley a real person? Are all those stories about Mrs. Lincoln's mental illness accurate?

America the story of us

Reviewer Rating:
4

My whole family enjoyed this synopsis of the history of America.  Parts may be a little too violent for the wee ones, but my 10 year old loved it and kept asking, "Can we watch one more episode?"  The graphics and the reenactments were especially well done.  Very interesting choices...

Lies my teacher told me : everything your American history textbook got wrong

by James W Loewen

Reviewer Rating:
4

This was written as an assessment of a dozen or so popular high school history textbooks.  The focus is on major American historical events or periods that are either omitted from these textbooks or just plain wrong in the textbooks’ descriptions.  I found several examples to be completely eye-opening (my...

Down the great unknown : John Wesley Powell's 1869 journey of discovery and tragedy through the Grand Canyon

by Edward Dolnick

Reviewer Rating:
4

Imagine being the first to float down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. That’s the story told in this great adventure book. John Wesley Powell and his companions didn’t know what challenges they would face. In 1869 when the group set out there were no available records about the...

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