My Name Is America: The Journal Of Biddy Owens, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948

by Walter Dean Myers

Hardcover, 2001

Status

Check shelf

Call number

J DA 1948 AL

Genres

Publication

Scholastic Inc. (2001), Edition: First Printing, Hardcover, 192 pages

Description

Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a historical note about the evolution of the Negro Leagues.

Local notes

1002-48

User reviews

LibraryThing member migeze
This book is named The Journal Of Biddy Owens, the author of this book is Walter Dean Myers. This is a non-fiction book .
This book is about a boy named Biddy Owens and how he wanted to play Baseball.
But he figured it would be hard because back in his days, White people over ruled black people.
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Since Jackie Robinson was in the MLB, if he wanted to make it, he had to get through all the white people first. This all took place in New York. I would recommend this book because it talks about My heritage and I can relate to it in a way. I would tell my friends and other people recommend because it’s a nice book, it has a nice amount of pages to read, and the book was coordinated really well. I guarantee people this is a
five-star book, you should read it to.
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LibraryThing member Lindz2012
This book is written in the form of a diary. Though This book shows you thing though the eyes of any African American. This book is about the Negro Leagues. It tell about the times where Baseball was still considered a White man's game.

Around this time in 1948, Baseball was starting to ingrates
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with African American. It was when Jackie Robinson was brought to place for the Major Leagues though though out the book. People were still think that there were still a few segregated seating in ballparks. They were still signs for blacks and White signs stating around.

Though this does change though you understand what it like at that time along with baseball changing and other things about american history. You do learn about the different thing though Ameican History and good for young children and adult to understand and learn about that time.
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LibraryThing member amandawaltz
The Journal of Biddy Owens is a children's chapter book that is formatted as a series of journal entries authored by Biddy Owens, the Birmingham Black Baron's baseball team manager. The tale is particularly impressive for it's ability to convey the atmosphere of racial hate and oppression that
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surrounds the main character and is a part of his daily life. The book is effective because it doesn't set out to explain segregation, it just describes the Biddy's daily life and includes moments where Biddy is sharply reminded of the racial hate of the era. It hits me harder because I fall into Biddy's world as I read and I'm not expecting it, just as Biddy doesn't really expect it either (at least, not at first).

I would use this as a mentor text within a social studies unit on racial segregation and oppression in the late 1940s. It might be a good option for a literature circle, particularly for students who are emerging readers. The atmosphere of the book conveys the impact of segregation in a relatable way. Reading level: 5.8
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LibraryThing member Beammey
I just couldn't get into this book as much as I would have liked. I do like baseball, so I think that helped, but I probably wouldn't read this book again. Was it worth the read? I think so, but I was just left wanting more...in a bad way. I would still recommend it to people though. 3.5 out of 5
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stars.
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LibraryThing member Lindz2012
This book is written in the form of a diary. Though This book shows you thing though the eyes of any African American. This book is about the Negro Leagues. It tell about the times where Baseball was still considered a White man's game.

Around this time in 1948, Baseball was starting to ingrates
Show More
with African American. It was when Jackie Robinson was brought to place for the Major Leagues though though out the book. People were still think that there were still a few segregated seating in ballparks. They were still signs for blacks and White signs stating around.

Though this does change though you understand what it like at that time along with baseball changing and other things about american history. You do learn about the different thing though Ameican History and good for young children and adult to understand and learn about that time.
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LibraryThing member Lindz2012
This book is written in the form of a diary. Though This book shows you thing though the eyes of any African American. This book is about the Negro Leagues. It tell about the times where Baseball was still considered a White man's game.

Around this time in 1948, Baseball was starting to ingrates
Show More
with African American. It was when Jackie Robinson was brought to place for the Major Leagues though though out the book. People were still think that there were still a few segregated seating in ballparks. They were still signs for blacks and White signs stating around.

Though this does change though you understand what it like at that time along with baseball changing and other things about american history. You do learn about the different thing though Ameican History and good for young children and adult to understand and learn about that time.
Show Less
LibraryThing member Lindz2012
This book is written in the form of a diary. Though This book shows you thing though the eyes of any African American. This book is about the Negro Leagues. It tell about the times where Baseball was still considered a White man's game.

Around this time in 1948, Baseball was starting to ingrates
Show More
with African American. It was when Jackie Robinson was brought to place for the Major Leagues though though out the book. People were still think that there were still a few segregated seating in ballparks. They were still signs for blacks and White signs stating around.

Though this does change though you understand what it like at that time along with baseball changing and other things about american history. You do learn about the different thing though Ameican History and good for young children and adult to understand and learn about that time.
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Language

Original publication date

2001

Physical description

192 p.; 7.71 inches

ISBN

0439095034 / 9780439095037

Barcode

34747000083325

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