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Caribbean American Heritage Book
Caribbean American Heritage: A History of High Achievers
by Elliot Bastien & Sandra Bernard-Bastien
Arrow Publications, LLC, Maryland
A hard cover, high-gloss, full-color, perfect bound, coffee table book.
176 pages long, with almost 400 pictures
8.455" x 10.68" in landscape format.
As its name implies, the book features individuals (336 of them, descended from 25 Caribbean countries) who have distinguished themselves in the United States of America, by making major contributions to the development of the nation.
Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican
Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica,St.
Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago
The book contains bios of descendants from almost all the countries of the Caribbean with heavy representation from Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago.
Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Grenada, Panama, St. Lucia, St. Vincent
& the Grenadines, Suriname, and the
Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Grenada, Panama, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and the Virgin Islands are also well represented.
Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, and St.
Countries with somewhat lower representation include Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, and St. Maarten/St. Martin/Saba
The book also features a section on the cultural contributions of Caribbean Americans.
The authors, Elliot Bastien and Sandra Bernard-Bastien, did not want to write a history book, because history books are academic treatises, mostly read by those who have to answer questions in an examination room. So they wrote a series of short pieces describing the achievements of outstanding individuals in language that is not academic.
The reader will see that this
book chronicles the
development of the United
States of America, because
Caribbean Americans were
major participants at every
defining moment in the nation’s
history, beginning with one of
the major founding fathers.
The book’s foreword is written by the distinguished President of Howard University, Dr. Wayne A.I.
It is an ideal reference book because it tells of Caribbean American achievements across a broad range of areas - from a Secretary of State to a Speaker of the House, from political activists to US senators, from inventors to sporting heroes, from Academy Award winners to Nobel Prize winners, and from prize-winning journalists to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
The authors hope that this book
will encourage the young to
strive for the excellence that is
portrayed between its covers.
ABOUT THE FRONT COVER
ABOUT THE BACK COVER
Beribboned in the distinctive red white and blue of the American flag, the laurel leaf of victory frames an embossed pattern of a Caribbean coconut palm, carried aloft by the iconic American eagle. This gold medal of achievement, prominent against a black background, establishes the central theme of the book, a compelling narrative of extraordinary achievements. The striking design of the book’s front cover prepares readers for the retelling of the amazing journey of Caribbean immigrants, and their descendants, across the pages of American history.
"Since the earliest chapters of our history,
Caribbean American have shaped every
aspect of our society......"
President Barack Obama
By the time readers get to the end of the book, they are satisfied that the excerpt from the Presidential
Proclamation, recreated on a scroll of ancient parchment, placed against the black background of the back cover, has been fully earned. The proclamation, issued by President Barack Obama on June 1st 2012, announced June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month in glowing terms: “Since the earliest chapters of our history, Caribbean Americans have shaped every aspect of our society…”
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