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Dear Yesteryear

By Diondra K. Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Beautiful archival photos paired with moving, poetic letter.

cover of Dear Yesteryear book shows thee archival black-and-white photo portraits of Black Americans in the 1800s and 1900s.

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This is an important book that helps to shift the narrative about Black Americans in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Dear Yesteryear illustrates the beauty of Black Americans and celebrates their presence and contributions to society -- despite the oppressive climate of slavery and segregation. Readers can see similarities between the everyday tasks depicted in the photographs, and life today. The story is powerful. Young readers may have questions about their own ancestors, making this a great read for children and adult alike.

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