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The Resource Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America, Russell Freedman

Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America, Russell Freedman

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Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America
Title
Because they marched
Title remainder
the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America
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Russell Freedman
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Because they marched
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the peoples campaign for voting rights that changed America
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eng
Summary
"To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Freedman presents a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights. In the early 1960s, tensions in the segregated South intensified. Tired of reprisals for attempting to register to vote, Selma's black community began to protest. The struggle received nationwide attention when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a voting rights march in January, 1965, and was attacked by a segregationist. In February, the shooting of an unarmed demonstrator by an Alabama state trooper inspired a march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery. The march got off to a horrific start on March 7 as law officers attacked peaceful demonstrators. Broadcast throughout the world, the violence attracted widespread outrage and spurred demonstrators to complete the march at any cost. On March 25, after several setbacks, protesters arrived at the end of the fifty-four-mile march to a cheering crowd of 25,000 supporters. Illustrated with more than forty photographs, this is an essential chronicle of events every American should know. Includes timeline, source notes, photo credits, bibliography, index." -- Publisher's description
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Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2014
Review
  • Gr 7 Up — With the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 approaching, this book captures a significant struggle in history, focusing on the two years leading up to President Lyndon Johnson signing the act into law. Freedman gives readers the necessary context they need to understand the Civil Rights Movement and the importance of Selma, Alabama. Through short chapters, skilled, fluid writing, powerful photographs, and firsthand accounts of the clash between black and white Americans, Freedman has crafted an account of a crucial time in history; readers will easily be able to imagine that a grandfather or great-grandfather is telling this story. This well-organized work is ideal for research projects. Like Ann Bausum's Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement (National Geographic, 2013), this is a strong, engaging look at the subject. A first choice for libraries looking for titles on the Civil Rights Movement.—Jeni Tahaney, Duncanville High School Library, TX --Jeni Tahaney (Reviewed August 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 8, p116)
  • /* Starred Review */ Commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Freedman (The Boston Tea Party) delivers a thorough account of the context and events leading up to and through this momentous protest. The book’s eight chapters pull readers into the decades-long struggle via clear, concise storytelling and myriad quotes from participants, many of them young at the time. “Algebra gave way to activism,” writes Freedman. “This explosion of teenage activism alarmed some parents and took the white authorities by surprise.” The momentum-building narrative and often-graphic b&w photos captivate as they recount demonstrations big and small: from sit-ins and “wade-ins” (for desegregated beaches) to the well-known Selma schoolteachers’ march and “Bloody Sunday” at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Freedman details day-by-day the culminating several-thousand-strong march to Montgomery, which spurred the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Current threats to the act are described in an epilogue. A timeline, select bibliography, source notes, and index round out this well-researched story that honors the many who stood up and fought against inequities at the ballot box. Ages 10–up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 18, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 33, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ One of the most decorated nonfiction writers in the field brings his style to a well-told story of the struggle for voting rights in the American South. Fifty years ago, as the civil rights movement took hold, the attempts to ensure African-American access to the vote increasingly took center stage. A newly passed Civil Rights Act did not guarantee voting rights, so activists in the South continued to press for them at both the state and federal levels. The barriers to voting—poll taxes, literacy tests, limits on registration—were difficult to overcome. Physical abuse and financial intimidation also kept people from the polls. Activist churches were subject to firebombs and burning. Selma, Alabama, became a flashpoint. As Freedman begins his narrative, student activism had propelled teachers and other middle-class blacks to get involved. The death of an unarmed demonstrator drove organizers to plan a march from Selma to the state's capital, Montgomery—an attempt that resulted in "Bloody Sunday," one of the single most violent moments of the movement, and served to prod action on the Voting Rights Act in Congress. Freedman's meticulous research and elegant prose brings freshness to a story that has been told many times. Familiar figures populate the account, but they are joined by many lesser-known figures as well. Richly illustrated, this deserves a place alongside other important depictions of this story. (timeline, bibliography, photo credits, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10359450
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DLC
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1929-2018
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Freedman, Russell
Dewey number
323.1196/073076145
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
1160L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG+
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
7.6
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True
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Selma to Montgomery Rights March
  • Selma to Montgomery Rights March
  • Selma to Montgomery Rights March
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • Race relations
  • Selma (Ala.)
  • Selma (Ala.)
  • Alabama
Target audience
juvenile
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the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America
Label
Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America, Russell Freedman
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-79) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
The day the teachers marched -- "White folks' business" -- Selma's students lead the way -- "March, dammit!" -- Bloody Sunday -- Turnaround Tuesday -- A good day to be alive -- Because they marched
Control code
1032683
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
83 pages
Isbn
9780823429219
Lccn
2013038991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780823429219
  • (OCoLC)861335288
Label
Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America, Russell Freedman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-79) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The day the teachers marched -- "White folks' business" -- Selma's students lead the way -- "March, dammit!" -- Bloody Sunday -- Turnaround Tuesday -- A good day to be alive -- Because they marched
Control code
1032683
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
83 pages
Isbn
9780823429219
Lccn
2013038991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780823429219
  • (OCoLC)861335288

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