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Because They Marched

The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

Because They Marched

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Because They Marched

Because They Marched

The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

Audio CD

01/17/2017

2 Audio CD

107 minutes

9781520046877

Audio Library Digital

01/17/2017

107 minutes

9781520046891

Audio Retail Digital

01/17/2017

107 minutes

9781520046907

Audio MP3 CD

01/17/2017

1 Audio MP3 CD

107 minutes

9781520046914

Playaway

01/17/2017

107 minutes

9781520046921

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In the early 1960s, 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 completed the fifty-four-mile march to a cheering crowd of 25,000 supporters.

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Starred Review. An essential purchase for collections designed for upper elementary through adult., School Library Journal

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. 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., Publishers Weekly

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. 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 [this] story..., Kirkus

...Gardiner succeeds in capturing the vocal idiosyncrasies of historical figures, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,...Strength of writing and narration more than make up for the lack of pictures in this production..., Booklist

...Gardiner's even tone and compassionate style add to the story of those who marched., AudioFile Magazine

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