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African-American Political Leaders, Revised Edition
  • Format
  • Authored by: Charles W. Carey Jr.; Revised by Liz Sonneborn
  • From the Series: A to Z of African Americans
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816081204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-8120-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $49.50
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 03/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 973
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 392


Praise for the previous edition:

...well written, well researched, and useful..."Booklist

Students interested in African American issues and politics in general will find this book helpful."VOYA

"...well written...recommended for high school, public, and community college libraries."American Reference Books Annual

African-American Political Leaders, Revised Edition summarizes the lives and political careers of more than 180 important African Americans who have been elected to federal, state, or local office; who have served as cabinet secretaries or in other cabinet-level posts; and who have run for president of the United States. An introduction provides an overview of the history of African-American political involvement from 1855, when the first black person was elected to office, to the present. This revised book situates the individuals covered in the work in a wider perspective, so that each individual's importance can be clearly gauged.

Organized alphabetically, entries present basic biographical data and focus on what the person did that was important while he or she held or ran for office. A general bibliography, two subject indexes (one by office held, one by year of birth), a general index, further reading lists, and approximately 50 black-and-white photographs complement the text.

New entries include:

  • Cory Booker
  • Sheila Dixon
  • Adrian M. Fenty
  • Barack Obama
  • Deval Patrick.


Black-and-white photographs. Index. Subject indexes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Further reading lists.

About the Author(s)

Charles W. Carey Jr. holds an M.A. in history from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he studied under Paul Finkelman, one of the foremost authorities on African-American history. He was a major contributor to American National Biography, including several entries on important African Americans. Carey is the author of one scholarly article, two children's books, and dozens of encyclopedia articles on topics related to black history. He is the author of Facts On File's American Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Business Visionaries, Revised Edition.

Liz Sonneborn is a freelance editor and writer. A graduate of Swarthmore College, she has spent 12 years as a trade and reference book editor for numerous publishing houses. Specializing in the fields of biography, American Indian studies, and women's studies, she is the author of 18 nonfiction books for adults, young adults, and middle readers. She is the author of A to Z of American Indian Women, Revised Edition in Facts On File's A to Z of Women series and Chronology of American Indian History, Updated Edition.

Reviews and Awards

"...valuable...in a wide range of high-school, public, and academic libraries."


"...an outstanding source...All public and academic libraries will benefit from supplementing their collections with this work."

American Reference Books Annual

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