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The Resource Free at last! : stories and songs of Emancipation, Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Free at last! : stories and songs of Emancipation, Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Shane W. Evans

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Free at last! : stories and songs of Emancipation
Title
Free at last!
Title remainder
stories and songs of Emancipation
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Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
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Language
eng
Summary
Describes the experiences of African Americans in the South, from the Emancipation in 1863 to the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared school segregation illegal
Review
  • Gr 3-7 –In this companion to No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance (Candlewick, 2002), stories, poems, and songs about events from the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 through the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 are perfectly matched with vibrant oil paintings. The result is a glorious tribute to the lives of African-American heroes and heroines. Familiar figures, such as Booker T. Washington and Jackie Robinson, are mentioned, along with unsung individuals, such as John Solomon Lewis and Harriet Postle. Rappaport offers tidbits of information, such as the history surrounding "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," the Negro National Anthem, and even tosses in a little of the oral tradition with the legend of John Henry. These selections have a magnetic impact, encouraging readers to dig deeper to discover more about the rich heritage of African Americans. Evans successfully interprets each subject with his rich, thought-provoking paintings that leap from the pages. A well-researched, handsome title.–Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC --Tracy Bell (Reviewed February 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 2, p168)
  • The creators of No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance here chronicle the African-American experience from the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 to the 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing school segregation. Rappaport labels this era "one of the most shameful periods in American history" and proceeds to demonstrate the ways in which the promise of Emancipation failed to deliver. The author includes among reports of widespread discrimination, vigilante campaigns (such as Ku Klux Klan members' "night rides"), and legislation that was intended to protect blacks but frequently failed to do so, as well as the occasional bright spots in the arduous struggle for equality. Curiously, given the emotional intensity of the many tragic events of the period, the historical account seems at times dry or vague (e.g., "After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, hundreds of thousands of white men were hired to build weapons for our allies. Black leaders insisted that some of these jobs go to their people. Nothing was done"). Because of the episodic presentation, the ideas are not as integrated as in Harlem Stomp! (reviewed below). The volume is most involving when utilizing primary sources, such as poetry, songs and brief anecdotal stories about such influential individuals as Ida B. Wells, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall. Evans, on the other hand, creates a strong visual counterpart, with portraits of famous individuals every bit as strong as dramatic scenes—from a haunting image of a lynching (only the victim's feet show) and joyful paintings of theater and dance. Ages 9-12. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 22, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 51, p62)
  • /* Starred Review */ Rappaport and Evans reprise the passion and power that informed their 2002 collaboration No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance, shining their spotlight on the progress and struggles of African-Americans from 1863 to 1954. Vigorous prose is punctuated by poems, songs, and excerpts from primary sources, all of which serve to illuminate the peculiar experiences of a people freed and still not free. Vignettes from the lives of several individuals, both famous (Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson) and less so (a woman stealing her children back from her former master, an "Exoduster" making a new life in Kansas) add to the power and specificity of the text; the foreword carefully informs readers that "dialogue and descriptions . . . come directly from their first-person accounts." Glowing, almost monumental oils convey the pent-up anger and sadness of those depicted, both anonymous and historical, and a striking design integrates the illustrations with the text, each spread responding to its own internal need. Extensive back matter includes an illustrator's note, acknowledgments, bibliography, further reading, Web sites, and an index. (Nonfiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2003)
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Rappaport, Doreen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD910L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 7
Reading level
5.9
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Evans, Shane
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Southern States
Target audience
pre adolescent
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stories and songs of Emancipation
Label
Free at last! : stories and songs of Emancipation, Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
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Control code
468630
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
63 pages
Isbn
9780763614409
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003043853
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rdamedia
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color illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780763614409
  • (Sirsi) ADM-0494
Label
Free at last! : stories and songs of Emancipation, Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
468630
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
63 pages
Isbn
9780763614409
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003043853
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763614409
  • (Sirsi) ADM-0494

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