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The first step : how one girl put segregation on trial, Susan E. Goodman ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis

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The first step : how one girl put segregation on trial
Title
The first step
Title remainder
how one girl put segregation on trial
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Susan E. Goodman ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis
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Language
eng
Summary
Shares the story of Sarah Roberts and her 1847 case petitioning that she be allowed to attend a white school in Boston, explaining how her heroic efforts established key precedents and paved the way for civil rights advancements
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Illustration
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 2 – 4 — More than a century before Brown v. Board of Education , there was Roberts v. City of Boston ; this beautifully illustrated picture book sheds light on this lesser-known case. Benjamin and Adeline Roberts enrolled their four-year-old in the closest neighborhood school. Sarah attended, until officials noticed and sent a police escort: in 1847, Boston mandated separate schools for African Americans. An extensive note differentiates facts from Goodman's speculation about what happened. Though Goodman covers weighty matters, such as the specifics of the trial, its unhappy outcome, and a longer view of segregation, her compelling story strives to help children identify with the unfair treatment. Before suing, Sarah's parents tried to envision their daughter's journey to the distant school, "crossing one neighborhood after another…. for a school that never taught subjects like history or drawing." Lewis's affecting gouache and watercolor paintings interpret both the solidity and fragility inherent in this story. The courthouse's classical columns and the school's brick facades contrast with the child's vulnerable posture. Sepia backgrounds suggest a historical lens. The metaphor of the "march toward justice" is accompanied by illustrations in the shape of footprints. The page with the phrase "one step forward" depicts Lincoln at Gettysburg; "three back" portrays the gun at Lincoln's head, the Ku Klux Klan, and labeled water fountains. The book concludes with the image of Linda Brown (the young girl at the center of Brown v. Board of Education ) flanked by Supreme Court judges. VERDICT An important exploration of the struggle for equality and education in this country.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library --Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed January 1, 2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 01, p117)
  • Goodman (It’s a Dog’s Life ) explores an 1848 case filed against the city of Boston by the father of Sarah Roberts, an African-American girl who was expelled from her elementary school because it was “only for white children.” Ably paring down the story, Goodman explains that, though the court ruled against Roberts, the case sparked a public campaign that led to the 1855 desegregation of Boston schools. Returning to the metaphor of the book’s title, Goodman reflects that this case launched a march toward justice, “a long, twisting journey. Three steps forward, one step back. One step forward, three back,” that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision a century later. Endnotes include a time line, additional details about the major figures in the story, and information about the author’s approach (“One of Sarah’s living relatives... told me how Sarah was educated while awaiting her court date”). Lewis’s (Seeds of Freedom ) light-dappled acrylic and watercolor paintings balance clear portraits with faded background images, illuminating the story’s emotional and historical heft. Ages 6–9. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 12, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 41, p)
  • A 19th-century chapter in the ongoing struggle for school integration. When Sarah Roberts was thrown out of her all-white Boston elementary school in 1847, her parents fought back through the courts. Robert Morris, an African-American attorney, and Charles Sumner, a white attorney, joined forces to argue the case before Massachusetts judges. Those judges ruled in favor of segregated schools, but Sarah's father turned to public opinion and legislation, eventually winning the right for his daughter and all others to attend integrated neighborhood schools. Goodman goes on to briefly enumerate the difficulties that would still be faced in the long fight for equal opportunity education, culminating in the more famous case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. It's too bad that acknowledgment of Boston's 1970s-era school-integration battles is relegated to a timeline along with other dismaying post-Brown integration facts. Lewis' watercolor-and-gouache paintings portray the faces of the family, the courtroom scenes, and 19th-century Boston with delicacy and atmosphere. The concluding double-page-spread vista of a sailing ship docked near a modern skyscraper, albeit quite lovely, is out of place. Expanding the understanding of equal rights in the classroom is sadly timely, and this helps to fill in an early part of the picture. (afterword, sources and resources, author's note) (Informational picture book. 7-10)(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10459778
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Goodman, Susan E.
Dewey number
344.744/0798
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
770L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Lewis, Earl B.
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True
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Roberts, Sarah C
  • Roberts, Sarah C
  • Roberts, Sarah C
  • Segregation in education
  • Discrimination in education
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Segregation in education
  • Segregation in education
  • Discrimination in education
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Segregation in education
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Discrimination in education
  • Segregation in education
  • Trials
  • Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
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how one girl put segregation on trial
Label
The first step : how one girl put segregation on trial, Susan E. Goodman ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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
1486927
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780802737397
Lccn
2015008527
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802737397
  • (OCoLC)908176449
Label
The first step : how one girl put segregation on trial, Susan E. Goodman ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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
1486927
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780802737397
Lccn
2015008527
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802737397
  • (OCoLC)908176449

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