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The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power

By: Ann Bausum

James Meredith's 1966 march in Mississippi began as one man's peaceful protest for voter registration and became one of the important demonstrations of the civil rights movement. Author's note. Bibliography. Citations. Index. Map. Black-and-white archival photographs.

ISBN: 9781426326660

JLG Release: Jan 2017


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Violence: Mild Violence, Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context
Topics: Author’s note , Bibliography , Citations , Index , Map , Black-and-white archival photographs

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Awards & Honors

2018 Capitol Choices, Ages Ten to Fourteen
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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[STARRED REVIEW]
An edifying and timely exposition of James Meredith and the March Against Fear and their impact on U.S. history, past and present. Bausum’s clear language and smart use of archival photos and pull quotes document how Meredith’s single-man walk transformed into a larger endeavor to register and unify black vot
[STARRED REVIEW]
An edifying and timely exposition of James Meredith and the March Against Fear and their impact on U.S. history, past and present. Bausum’s clear language and smart use of archival photos and pull quotes document how Meredith’s single-man walk transformed into a larger endeavor to register and unify black voters and to alleviate the fear felt by African Americans living in a racist society (a notion that would later translate to the concept of Black Power). Readers become a part of the march as Bausum begins each chapter with the date, the distance traveled by the marchers, and their next destination. Evocative quotes from those supporting the march and those in opposition provide additional context on the sentiment felt by each side. The inclusion of racial epithets, curses, and horrific abuse emphasizes the reality of the time (an author’s note explains the decision not to alter the language of quotations). Bausum expertly encapsulates the overall theme of the march during a specific episode at the Philadelphia, MS, courthouse: “Dignity over anarchy. Justice over injustice. Love in answer to hate.” In the back matter, Bausum discusses her research, which included interviewing Meredith, and how civil rights remain a pertinent issue. VERDICT A must-have volume on James Meredith, the March Against Fear, and the evolution of Black Power for high school students.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY

Book Details

ISBN

9781426326660

First Release

January 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

323.1196/073

Trim Size

6 1/4" x 9 1/4"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

Level 8.1; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 10.5; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 1140L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

National Geographic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Violence: Mild Violence, Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context

Topics

Author’s note, Bibliography, Citations, Index, Map, Black-and-white archival photographs,

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