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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

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Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Heart and Soul—the inspiring story of America through the lens of the African American experience, by Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson—is now in paperback! A Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor Book and an NAACP Image Award nominee.


The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration, and unwavering courage. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun, picking cotton for their masters; it’s about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow Laws; the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It’s a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination and triumphs.

Kadir Nelson—one of the most accomplished, award-winning artists working today—has created an epic yet intimate introduction to history of America and African Americans. Touching on some of the great transformative events and small victories of American 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.

Heart and Soul is the winner of numerous awards, including the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor, and the recipient of five starred reviews.

ISBN: 9780061730795

Paperback; 112 pages


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