Like all legends, people fade away, but not before leaving an incredible legacy. Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History is a collection of stories from early African American history that represent the oddity of success in the face of great adversity. Each of the eight illustrated chapters chronicles an uncelebrated African American hero or event. Joel Christian Gill offers historical and cultural commentary on heroes whose stories are not often found in history books, such as Cathay Williams, the only known female Buffalo Soldier, and Eugene Bullard, a fighter pilot who flew for France during World War I. These beautifully illustrated stories offer a refreshing look at remarkable African Americans.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Tags: African-American, Racism, Slavery, History, Graphic Novel
(I received a free copy of this book, thanks to Fulcrum Publishing and NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinions on the book.)
I know very little about African-American history but this book has taught me quite a bit on the subject in a nifty fashion. (I’m Asian, living outside of the US.)
Although I didn’t love the illustration style there’s something about it that just fits the narrative and subject it’s trying to convey. It’s not too polished but defined at the same time with an olive, brown and orange color scheme.
This is a brilliant way to teach history to all ages. Despite it being a graphic novel with its low count of words, as compared to a textbook or novel, it cuts through to the core of the message and deftly presents each story succinctly. Some of them were sorrowful and others uplifting but all of them featured admirable human beings. For all its worldly advancements I was a tad surprised that America was quite behind other countries when it came to matters like race.
(Pictured Above) The Idlewild retreat.
I enjoyed Strange Fruit Vol.2 and will look out for the 1st book.
Parental Guidance: 10+
Violence – Mention of shooting, war, physical abuse
Sex – None
Religion – None
Profanity – None
Recommended for: Everyone. The bite-sized format of this graphic novel will appeal to those who normally aren’t even into history.