Multi-Media Review: CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF BLACK AMERICANS : AH

CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF BLACK AMERICANS,(CLEARVUE/eav, $60.00).

The artistic achievements of African Americans are examined in this CD-ROM for young adults(Macintosh and Windows), which encompasses art, literature, and jazz. Two of the four segments are devoted to jazz, tracingthat musical form from its African roots to its birth in New Orleans, and on to its twentieth-century popularity. Musiciansfeatured include Scott Joplin (1868-1917), Thomas “Fats” Waller (1904-43), Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (1901-71), William”Count” Basie (1904-84), and Sarah Vaughan (1924-90). The program’s segment on literature showcases such writers aseighteenth-century poet Phillis Wheatley (1753?-84) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1817-95), while the section on artfocuses on the work of such artists as photographer James VanDerZee (1886-1983). An Index of African-American Historyand Culture, and the American Concise Encyclopedia complements the historical narrative.

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