Selma and the Voting Rights Act

by Aretha, David.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Clairton Public Library Young Adult Non-Fiction YA 324.6 A682
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number  YA 324.6 A682
Dormont Public Library Young Adult Non-Fiction YA 324.6 A3
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number  YA 324.6 A3
By the mid-1960s, the civil rights movement had been alive for many years and had achieved a fair amount of success in guaranteeing the rights of all Americans to equality and justice. But throughout much of the country, especially in the South, racism still prevailed and African Americans remained unable to vote, driven away from voter registration by complex and arbitrary regulations designed only to deny black voters any power or influence. In 1965, activists, led by Martin Luther King Jr., gathered in Selma, Alabama, where they planned to aggressively protest the voting injustice. Selma was a particularly notorious city, lorded over by racist and authoritarian sheriff Jim Clark. Clark and his allies in Selma, including Alabama governor George Wallace, were determined to stop the civil rights movement and ensure that blacks in Alabama would never have the same rights. Before long, the peaceful marches organized to protest injustice were met with brutal violence, and civil rights activists-men, women, and children gathered from around the country-were beaten, arrested, and sometimes killed. But the savage violence and cruelty was captured by TV cameras and journalists, and before long, the racism and hatred was known throughout America. People all over the nation joined King and those marching in Selma in demanding justice for all, and an end to the hatred that was tearing the country apart. Book jacket.
White voters only
Demanding the ballot
Bloody Selma
"We shall overcome"
The march
Breakthrough at the ballot box
Life after Selma

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In The Trial of the Scottsboro Boys (2007), Aretha covered racism and official cruelty in the 1930s Jim Crow South. In this title, also in the Civil Rights series, he moves to mid-1960s Alabama and the black struggle to exercise the constitutional right to vote. Even those who know the story of the famous protest marches will be interested in the details here, which include a look at infighting within the protest movement, discussion of the role of leaders on all sides, descriptions of flagrant prejudice and physical abuse, and an account of the final triumphant march. There are quotes from and photos of the famous as well as the unknown, as well as exerpts from speeches and news photos of jeering whites and state troopers with guns, clubs, and gas. More than 20 pages of back matter, featuring a time line, detailed chapter notes, and a bibliography, will help readers find out more.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Civil rights series
Subjects King, Martin Luther, -- Jr., -- 1929-1968 -- Juvenile literature.
United States. -- Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- Juvenile literature.
Selma to Montgomery Rights March -- (1965 : -- Selma, Ala.) -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Alabama -- Selma -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Civil rights movements -- Alabama -- Selma -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- Alabama -- Selma -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Selma (Ala.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Greensboro, N.C. :Morgan Reynolds Pub.,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 128 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-122) and index.
ISBN 9781599350561
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