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

by Freedman, Russell, 1929-2018,

Format: Print Book 2014
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Summary
The struggle for voting rights was a pivotal event in the history of civil rights.

For the fiftieth anniversary of the march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman has written a riveting account of African-American struggles for the right to vote.

In the early 1960s, tensions in the segrated South intensified. Tired of reprisals for attempting to register to vote, Selma's black community began to protest. In January 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a voting rights march 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. The event got off to a horrific start on March 7 as law officers brutally attacked peaceful demonstrators. But when vivid footage and photographs of the violence was broadcast throughout the world, the incident attracted widespread outrage and spurred demonstrators to complete the march at any cost.

Illustrated with more than forty archival photographs, this is an essential chronicle of events every American should know.

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Contents
The day the teachers marched
"White folks business"
Selma's students lead the way
"March, dammit!"
Bloody Sunday
Turnabout Tuesday
A good day to be alive
Because they marched.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Like Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (2006), in which Freedman detailed events from 1955, his latest historical narrative transports readers to Alabama to experience another significant turning point in the civil rights movement. The story opens in January 1965, when 105 black teachers attempted to register to vote but were met with violence on the courthouse steps in Selma, Alabama. Brutal attacks by segregationists increased during the weeks to come. Soon, Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders and demonstrators joined Selma's voting-rights campaign, which culminated in a peaceful, triumphant protest march to Montgomery in March and, in August, led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The major role played by Selma's courageous teenagers and children makes this a particularly sympathetic and significant story for young Americans. Freedman writes with great immediacy, weaving pertinent first-person accounts into a beautifully written narrative that is moving as well as informative. Tied closely to the text, the many well-chosen black-and-white photos record significant events, capture dramatic moments, and show individuals who took part in these historic events. With a timeless narrative and a timely epilogue, this handsome volume offers a vivid account of a pivotal moment in American history.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Selma to Montgomery Rights March -- (1965 : -- Selma, Ala.) -- Juvenile literature.
Selma to Montgomery Rights March -- (1965 : -- Selma, Ala.)
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Alabama -- Selma -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- Alabama -- Selma -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Civil rights movements -- Alabama -- Selma -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- History.
Civil rights movements -- History.
Selma (Ala.) -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature.
Selma (Ala.) -- Race relations.
Publisher New York :Holiday House,2014
Edition First edition.
Audience Middle Grade
Language English
Description 83 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 76-79) and index.
ISBN 9780823429219
0823429210
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