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Through stories, spirituals, and recommended resource books, Finnen exposes students to the rich history and heritage of Africa and African Americans. Each chapter provides the teacher or librarian with beautifully told folktales that provide the basis for further exploration of the chapter's focus. This rich resource is ideal for language arts and social studies classes, and provides an invaluable source of information for public and school librarians. Topics include: African American Storytellers, Ancestral Africa, Atlantic Slave Trade, The Underground Railroad, Emancipation and Reconstruction, The Civil Rights Movement, Spiritual Heritage, Musical Legacy.