Cover image for Birmingham 1963 : how a photograph rallied civil rights support
Birmingham 1963 : how a photograph rallied civil rights support
Publication Information:
Mankato, MN : Compass Point Books, c2011.
Physical Description:
64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
The children march -- The growth of conscience -- Rallying the nation -- The struggle continues.
Reading Level:
980 L Lexile
"Explores and analyzes the historical context and significance of the iconic Charles Moore photograph"--Provided by publisher.


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Book J 323.1196 TOU 1 1
Book J 323.1196 TOU 1 1

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In May 1963 news photographer Charles Moore was on hand to document the Children's Crusade, a civil rights protest. But the photographs he took that day did more than document an event; they helped change history. His photograph of a trio of African-American teenagers being slammed against a building by a blast of water from a fire hose was especially powerful. The image of this brutal treatment turned Americans into witnesses at a time when hate and prejudice were on trial. It helped rally the civil rights movement and energized the public, making civil rights a national problem needing a national solution. And it paved the way for Congress to finally pass laws to give citizens equal rights regardless of the color of their skin.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Occasionally, a single photograph becomes the emblematic image that defines an era, and this quality series tells the stories of four of those iconic pictures. Each book places its subject photo in historical context, profiles the photographer, describes the conditions under which it was taken, and analyzes both its immediate and its continuing impact. The texts include ample background information and details and are enhanced by large photos and sidebars. These books will help students understand the influence of the individual images and the eras they epitomize, making them strong choices. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.