Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: African Americans in Minnesota by David Vassar Taylor

Mar 17, 2012

Book Review: African Americans in Minnesota by David Vassar Taylor

Description from Goodreads:
African Americans have had a profound influence on the history and culture of Minnesota from its earliest days to the present. Author David V. Taylor chronicles this rich story, using first-person accounts, newspaper articles, and a careful analysis of census records. During the territorial and early statehood periods, blacks developed communities in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Duluth, as well as rural areas, and established churches, businesses, and social organizations. Taylor recounts the triumphs and struggles of African Americans over the last two hundred years in a clear and concise narrative.

My thoughts:
This book was average in my opinion. I thought it would have more personal stories, but it was mostly alot of facts, pictures and newspaper articles. I really liked learning some of the history of African Americans in the northern part of the Unites States, because I've already read so much about the south. Overall, it was interesting and informative, and at 100 pages, not too long. I was able to get it from my local library, so I might check out some of the other books in the collection. 

I rate this 3 out of 5 stars



  1. I agree that it would be interesting to hear more stories from African Americans living in areas other than the south. Anytime I mention anything about reading to one of my colleagues, she reminds me that I need to read "The Warmth of Other Suns". I've added it to my TBR. Apparently its about the migration of African Americans out of the south

    1. I will have to put that on my to read list! That would be interesting! Thanks for stopping by!!


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