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Evicted!: The Struggle for the Right to Vote



by
Alice Faye Duncan
illustrated by
Charly Palmer

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Astra House Publishing
Imprint
Calkins Creek
ISBN
9781684379798
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Crime: Hate Crimes , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Illustrations/Images: Disturbing Imagery , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
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Nonfiction Middle

This critical civil rights book for middle-graders examines the little-known Tennessee’s Fayette County Tent City Movement in the late 1950s and reveals what is possible when people unite and fight for the right to vote. Powerfully conveyed through interconnected stories and told through the eyes of a child, this book combines poetry, prose, and stunning illustrations to shine light on this forgotten history.

The late 1950s was a turbulent time in Fayette County, Tennessee. Black and White children went to different schools. Jim Crow signs hung high. And while Black hands in Fayette were free to work in the nearby fields as sharecroppers, the same Black hands were barred from casting ballots in public elections.

If they dared to vote, they faced threats of violence by the local Ku Klux Klan or White citizens. It wasn’t until Black landowners organized registration drives to help Black citizens vote did change begin—but not without White farmers’ attempts to prevent it. They violently evicted Black sharecroppers off their land, leaving families stranded and forced to live in tents. White shopkeepers blacklisted these families, refusing to sell them groceries, clothes, and other necessities.

But the voiceless did finally speak, culminating in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which legally ended voter discrimination.

Fayette County time line, with historical photographs. Resource guide. Bibliography. Author’s note. Artist’s note. Full-color acrylic illustrations. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Crime: Hate Crimes , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Illustrations/Images: Disturbing Imagery , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

64

Trim Size

10" x 8"

Dewey

324.62

AR

6: points 1

Lexile

1080L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2022

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

African Americans. Black history. Twentieth-century US history. Race relations. Prejudice and racism. Voting rights. Jim Crow. Tent City movement. Civil Rights movements. Fayette County, Tennessee. 

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