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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kadir Nelson Narrator: TBD , Debbie Allen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country.

Kadir Nelson, one of this generation’s most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an “Everywoman,” an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, Heart and Soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history. This inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As in We Are the Ship Nelson knits together the nation’s proudest moments with its most shameful, taking on the whole of African-American history. He handles this vast subject with easy grace. [Nelson’s] jaw-dropping portraits radiate determination and strength. A tremendous achievement.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Nelson…adds to his notable titles with this powerful view of African American history.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Provocative and powerful, this book offers a much-needed perspective for individuals of all ages seeking to understand America’s past and present.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The dramatic oil paintings heighten the dignity of this story, whether they are of well-known historical figures, common folk or landscape…This intimate narrative makes the stories accessible to young readers and powerfully conveys how personal this history feels for many African-Americans.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the Audie Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/17/2014

    " Read to play along with School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Theophilus (Theo) | 2/12/2014

    " Simply told, easy to follow for young readers, but sticks to real history. Wonderful art work throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherry | 2/11/2014

    " WOW! I've only skimmed the pages and viewed the artwork, reading just a little bit, but know in my heart that this is a mighty powerful book - not just for African Americans, but for all Americans. A fictional narrative that flows like honey through our nation's history, accentuated and punctuated with astoundingly expressive oil paintings of historical figures and ordinary citizens. This seems to be a beautiful marriage of oral storytelling and historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicole Harding | 2/7/2014

    " Coretta Scott King Author Winner, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. This is a beautiful book. The author interviewed many his elder family members and completed a lot of research to go along with the narrative. He located family photos of his slave ancestors standing in the fields for a photograph. The artwork in the book are oil paintings, some based on these photographs and all on the African American experience. The story is written as if a older person is sharing the tales of his/her grandparents as the history is told. My impression is that the story is "clean" so that children won't be traumatized by the horror of the reality of slavery. The abuse of slaves is discussed as if by a grandmother talking to her young grandchildren. Children writing reports for school will find plenty of material, artists will enjoy the artwork, adults may learn from this book too. (I know I did!) "

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