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The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power
Contributor(s): Bausum, Ann
ISBN: 1426326653     ISBN-13: 9781426326653
Publisher: Natl Geographic Soc Childrens books
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2017
Annotation: An account of James Meredith's 1966 Mississippi march to peacefully protest discriminatory practices in voter registration describes the early contributions of such leaders as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael to the establishment of the Black Power movement. By the award-winning author of Marching to the Mountaintop. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Civil rights demonstrations; Mississippi; History; 20th century; Juvenile literature.
Racism; Mississippi; History; 20th century; Juvenile literature.
African American civil rights workers; Mississippi; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 323.1196/073097620904
LCCN: 2016027880
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs) 143 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 184779
Reading Level: 8.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
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Contributor Bio(s): ANN BAUSUM writes about U.S. history for young people, and she has published eight titles with National Geographic Children's Books including, most recently, Marching to the Mountaintop (2012) and Unraveling Freedom (2010). Ann's books consistently earn prominent national recognition. Denied, Detained, Deported(2009) was named the 2010 Carter G. Woodson Book Award winner at the secondary school level from the National Council for the Social Studies. Muckrakers(2007) earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Freedom Riders (2006) gained Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association and With Courage and Cloth (2004) received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award as the year's best book on social justice issues for older readers. In addition, Ann has written about the nation's chief executives and their spouses -- Our Country's Presidents(2013, 4th edition) and Our Country's First Ladies (2007) -- as well as the intrepid explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs, 2000).

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
The lesser-known March Against Fear, James Meredith's 1966 quest to empower blacks in Mississippi, grew into a larger movement when major civil rights organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference joined in; the term "black power" emerged during it as a rallying cry. Clear writing and excellent use of powerful quotes and photographs make this an engrossing--and important--read. Bib., ind. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 November #1)
In a powerful and timely book, Bausum (Stonewall) focuses her attention on the last great march of the civil rights era, the March Against Fear, from Memphis, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., in June 1966. Initiated by James Meredith in an effort to make Mississippi a less fearful place for black Americans, the march swelled to 15,000 people and resulted in 4,000 black Mississippian voter registrations; it also splintered the major civil rights organizations of the day and gave rise to Stokely Carmichael's Black Power movement. Bausum dissects these internal divisions with great sensitivity, lauding Martin Luther King Jr.'s peacemaking powers while illuminating the conditions that provoked others to more confrontational protest. Abundant details disclose the extent of segregation and racism, the pivotal role of law enforcement authorities, and how fraught protecting the marchers could be: state troopers used tear gas and physical assault to "suppress an act of racial defiance" when marchers tried to pitch their tents on public land. This exemplary look into civil rights history concludes with perspective and encouragement regarding ongoing struggles for social change. Archival photos and source notes are included. Ages 12–up. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 December)
Gr 9 Up—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. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.