Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

The struggle for voting rights was a pivotal event in the history of civil rights.

For the fiftieth anniversary of the march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman has written a riveting account of African-American struggles for the right to vote.

In the early 1960s, tensions in the segrated South intensified. Tired of reprisals for attempting to register to vote, Selma's black community began to protest. In January 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a voting rights march 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. The event got off to a horrific start on March 7 as law officers brutally attacked peaceful demonstrators. But when vivid footage and photographs of the violence was broadcast throughout the world, the incident attracted widespread outrage and spurred demonstrators to complete the march at any cost.

Illustrated with more than forty archival photographs, this is an essential chronicle of events every American should know.

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection

Title:Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780823429219
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  • Dolly

    This audiobook, narrated by Rodney Gardiner, captures the emotions and the determination of the people who fought for Civil Rights in the 1960s. I appreciated the Epilogue's discussion of the changes ...

  • Teresa Bateman

    Russell Freedman is the master of historical nonfiction, and his careful research once again brings an important era in American history to life. In the 1960's voting rights were largely denied to Afr...

  • LauraW

    This book is the way history should be presented - a compelling photo-narrative of the real events of the time. With the Supreme Court's gutting of key provisions of the Voting Rights Act that this bo...

  • Annie Oosterwyk

    Russell Freedman gives a concise, well-written account of the events leading up to the march from Selma to Montgomery and the march itself. The many photos give a sense of how tense and dangerous the ...

  • Richie Partington

    Richie’s Picks: BECAUSE THEY MARCHED: THE PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN FOR VOTING RIGHTS THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Russell Freedman, Holiday House, August 2014, 96p., ISBN: 978-0-8234-2921-9“The potential ma...

  • Anais Gilder

    Because They Marched is a narrative about the struggles of and fight for the Voting Rights Act. Russell Freedman goes into concrete and concise detail about the events that took place during the Votin...

  • Virginia

    In his book, Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America, Russell Freedman gives a full accounting of the events leading to and surrounding the marches from Selm...

  • Brittani Laski

    Text to World: This story is about the Selma voting right campaign. This book has images and stories of people who helped changed the voting rights for African Americans. These marched sparked somethi...

  • Hilary

    Newberry Medalist Russell Freeman has written a vivid account of the march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in March 1965. Liberally illustrated with dozens of well-captioned, arch...

  • Brittany

    Nice overview of the Selma march and the fight for voting rights meant for a younger audience. For adults, there will be nothing new here, but still an important story to keep fresh in our minds. I co...