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Josephine Baker
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Authored by: Alan Schroeder with additional text by Heather Lehr Wagner
  • From the Series: Black Americans of Achievement: Legacy Edition
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0791092127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-9212-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 09/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 792
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 128

Summary

Born 100 years ago in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker escaped racism and a life of poverty to become one of the most celebrated women in Paris, a legendary Jazz Age entertainer, film star, spy, and civil rights activist. This biography spotlights her story with new photographs and updated information. Baker began performing comic skits on stage at age 13, and starred in the first all-black Broadway musical in 1922. She traveled to Paris in 1925 and became an overnight sensation when she stepped onto the stage of the Folies Bergère music hall wearing nothing but a skirt made of bananas. When her beloved France was occupied by German troops in World War II, Baker joined the French Resistance, smuggling secret messages on her music sheets. Later, she became active in the civil rights movement and adopted 12 children of diverse nationalities to show that those of different races truly could be brothers and sisters. Josephine Baker: Entertainer is an outstanding introduction to the life and legacy of this extraordinary woman.

Specifications

Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Chronology. Further reading and Web sites. Index.

About the Author(s)

Alan Schroeder is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. His first book, Ragtime Tumpie, was a fictionalized account of Josephine Baker's childhood.

Writer and editor Heather Lehr Wagner is the author of more than 30 books exploring social and political issues and focusing on the lives of prominent men and women. She earned a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from the College of William and Mary. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Reviews and Awards

“Th[is] book go[es] beyond the typical personal information to provide some social history relevant to the subject’s time.”
The Horn Book Guide

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