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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

Fall 2004 Non-Fiction
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Russell Freedman
ISBN: 0-618-15976-2
Hardcover Price: $18.00
Review:
This outstanding photographic history book from Russell Freedman is filled with quotations from Marian Anderson, and the text is complimented by an array of documents: photographs of Anderson throughout her life, printed programs from her concerts, and newspaper clippings. Not only is her struggle against racial discrimination gripping but her success is inspiring. She is respected by legions as one of the greatest voices ever.

Readers follow Marian Anderson as she sings in great halls across Europe, fails to sing at Constitution Hall in the U.S. because of discrimination then sings, instead, on Easter Sunday, 1939, at the Lincoln Memorial. The Secretary of the Interior says, “Genius draws no color line,” as he introduces the singer to a crowd of 75,000 on that historic day. Marian Anderson is revealed to be a humble, thoughtful, brave, and determined woman.

Mary Hollowell   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Mary Hollowell is a parent, a science teacher, and a naturalist. She lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.


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