Because They Marched

Because They Marched

The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

Book - 2014
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"To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Freedman presents a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights. In the early 1960s, tensions in the segregated South intensified. 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 arrived at the end of the fifty-four-mile march to a cheering crowd of 25,000 supporters. Illustrated with more than forty photographs, this is an essential chronicle of events every American should know. Includes timeline, source notes, photo credits, bibliography, index." -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780823429219
0823429210
Branch Call Number: 323.119 Fr
Characteristics: 83 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm

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Jul 16, 2016

After seeing the movie Selma, I wanted to fill in some blanks. This book did it quite well!

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