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African American History: Great Minds
African American scientists and inventors.
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Title: African American Healers
Author: Cox, Clinton
ISBN: 0471246506
Call Number: 610.9227 C839a
Notes: The lives of African American physicians and nurses starting with James Durham, born in 1762, who became the first African American doctor in the United States.

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Title: Scientists, Healers and Inventors
Author: Hudson, Wade
ISBN: 0940975971
Call Number: J925 H869S
Notes: A good resource for younger readers, covering fifty historical and contemporary African Americans who have made their marks in science, technology and medicine.

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Title: A Man for All Seasons: the Life of George Washington Carver
Author: Krensky, Stephen
ISBN: 0060278862
Call Number: j630.924 C256K
Notes: Profiles the African American scientist George Washington Carver, who not only put the peanut on the map, but was also one of the first advocates of recycling.

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Title: The Inventive Spirit of African Americans: Patented Ingenuity
Author: Sluby, Patricia Carter
ISBN: 0275966747
Call Number: 604.8996 Sl71i
Notes: Discover little-known inventors of innovations such the golf tee, portable heart monitor and Super Soaker! Includes a roster of patents held by African Americans.

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Title: African Americans in Science, Math and Invention
Author: Spangenberg, Ray
ISBN: 0816048061
Call Number: 509.2273 SP23A
Notes: Brief profiles of 160 African American scientists, mathematicians and inventors, with easy-to-use indexes.

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Title: African American Women Scientists and Inventors
Author: Sullivan, Otha Richards
ISBN: 047138707X
Call Number: j608.996 SU55A
Notes: The book includes portraits of lesser-known inventors such as Miriam E. Benjamin, who patented a gong-and-signal chair that was used in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Title: Charles Drew: Doctor Who Got the World Pumped Up to Donate Blood
Author: Venezia, Mike
ISBN: 9780531237250
Call Number: j617.0924 D82V
Notes: The life of the famous African American doctor rendered in a graphic novel format.

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Title: Black Women Scientists In the United States
Author: Warren, Wini
ISBN: 0253336031
Call Number: 500.8209 W256B
Notes: More than 100 African American women scientists are profiled, including lesser-known pioneers in all fields of science.

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Title: Benjamin Banneker
Author: Welch, Catherine A.
ISBN: 9780822571674
Call Number: j520.924 B226WE
Notes: A concise biography of the famous African American astronomer.