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Old June 10th, 2016, 02:34 PM   #1

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Suggestions on a Reader for the Africa Unit


Homeschool mom that's looking for a medium-difficulty reader in African history (maybe max 175-200 pages). 9th grade kid. Doesn't have to be all of Africa, it can even be a region of Africa.
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My favorite book on Africa is John Reader's, Africa: Biography of a Continent, however this book is a lot longer than 175-200 pages, it is over 600. However it is divided into eight parts and the first three are on pre-history, even pre-human history. If you just assign the last two parts (on approximately 1860 to the present) that would be about the length you are looking for. I read this book in tenth grade myself.
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My favorite book on Africa is John Reader's, Africa: Biography of a Continent, however this book is a lot longer than 175-200 pages, it is over 600. However it is divided into eight parts and the first three are on pre-history, even pre-human history. If you just assign the last two parts (on approximately 1860 to the present) that would be about the length you are looking for. I read this book in tenth grade myself.
As far as history is concerned, John Reader's book is poorly researched and would give anyone who relied upon it some serious misconceptions.
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By "reader," do you mean a collection of primary sources, or a secondary text? Primary sources are hard to come by with pre-1850 African history because there were few written languages south of the Sahara. Now, the text I would recommend for this is often taught in introductory university classes, so I'm uncertain how suitable it would be for high school teaching. You can take a look and see if it fits your needs, but it's The South Africa Reader by Clifton Crais and Thomas McClendon.

Adam Hochschild's King Leopold's Ghosts is a history of the colonial Congo, which you may find significant to your son's studies, although this book is quite brutal. Cheers!
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Old May 18th, 2017, 05:07 PM   #5
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The African Experience: Major Themes In African History From Earliest Times To The Present by Roland Oliver is about 250 pages (of reading, the other 50 or so pages are the index and bibliography). It doesn't has few images, but it is not difficult, is well written and researched, and is about as brief a summary of the history of the continent as one can get.

https://www.amazon.com/African-Exper.../dp/0064302180

If you still need a book for homeschooling.
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Kevin Shillington's book History of Africa (2012) is also not difficult, but also doesn't have many images, and unlike Oliver's book, is lengthy (500+ pages).
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