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Title:
We shall overcome : the history of the American civil rights movement
ISBN:
9780822506478
Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co., c2003.
Physical Description:
96 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Contents:
We shall overcome -- This little light -- Ain't gonna ride -- The walls come a tumblin' down -- The fires of frustration and discord -- On my way -- Selma, Bloody Sunday -- Solving the American problem -- Timeline -- In their own words.
Reading Level:
980 L Lexile
Summary:
Uses the words of spirituals and other music of the time to frame a discussion of the civil rights movement in the United States, focusing on specific people, incidents, and court cases.
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Including songs and poetry from the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, this fascinating account describes in explicit detail the struggles and courage of thousands of men, women, and children. With the strength of their convictions, they used nonviolent methods to face down injustice and bring about sweeping social change.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-Following a brief overview beginning in 1619, Finlayson focuses on the events of the 1950s and '60s, with the last chapter bringing readers up to the current day. Information is given about the Montgomery bus boycott, the Selma march, and the Freedom Riders. The roles of major leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, Thurgood Marshall, and Ralph Abernathy, are also explored. The author makes use of lyrics from civil rights songs to help emphasize the emotions of the people involved. This book evokes many feelings, ranging from extreme sadness to hope for the future. Abundant black-and-white photographs provide a visual image of the times. This is an excellent resource for reports, and a worthy addition to history collections.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Illustrated with captioned black-and-white photos, this brief volume covers many milestones of the civil rights movement. The clearly written text shows how the leaders met new challenges and kept disparate groups focused on the same goals until the turning point in Selma. Each chapter opens with a quote or song from the era, and a timeline and a list of websites are appended. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. The songs and speeches that drove America's civil rights movement form the unifying thread in this overview that focuses on events in the 1950s and 1960s. Each chapter begins with a quote that exemplifies the progressive struggle. In vivid language, Finlayson recounts the movement's roots in the Jim Crow South through the rise of early protests, the Greensboro Four, the Little Rock Nine, and finally the "gathering storm" that followed Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination--including the formation of the Black Panthers, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, and a mention of the racial profiling that occurred post-9/11. Finlayson sometimes oversimplifies events, as in his account of the Emmett Till tragedy, but he ably places events in their historical context and tells a linear, inspiring story of the crucial era. Compelling black-and-white photos, including one image of a lynching, bring the events up close. There are no notes, but a time line, bibliography, and two "In Their Own Words" excerpts (from King and from the party platform of the Black Panthers) close this useful introduction in the People's History series. --Gillian Engberg


Table of Contents

We shall overcome
This little light
Ain't gonna ride
The walls come a tumblin' down
The fires of frustration and discord
On my way
Selma, Bloddy Sunday
Solving the American problem
Timeline
In their own words