Open Access Graduate Research Paper
African American characters have been portrayed in children's literature since the 1800s. There is a lack of information available for children to learn about African Americans from the 1950s time period in the Midwest. Therefore, a nonfiction trade book based on African American culture in Burlington, Iowa will alleviate the gap in children's literature for the United States in the Midwest. The nonfiction trade book was based on Evangeline Ray's life growing up in Burlington, Iowa, in the 1950s. The vignettes portrayed in the book were created on the basis of 15 interviews with the researcher over a period of 24 months. In portraying specific incidents in her life, other events relevant to the time period were incorporated.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
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©2010 Paula Noelle Bolander
Bolander, Paula Noelle, "A research project contributing to African American children's literature based in the 1950s time period in Midwestern culture" (2010). Graduate Research Papers. 1891.