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

Freedman, Russell, 1929-2018 author

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  • Creator Russell Freedman
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York : Holiday House, [2014] ©2014
  • Physical Details
    • 83 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
  • ISBNs 9780823429219, 0823429210
  • OCLC ocn861335288


  • "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.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-79) and index.


  • The day the teachers marched -- "White folks' business" -- Selma's students lead the way -- "March, dammit!" -- Bloody Sunday -- Turnaround Tuesday -- A good day to be alive -- Because they marched
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