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Because They Marched


Author: Russell  FREEDMAN
Publisher: Holiday House
Subject/Category:  6-8
Year Reviewed:: 2015
ISBN: 9780823429219
Review: Freedman writes a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights. In January 1965, more than 100 teachers attempted to register to vote. They were met with violence on the courthouse steps in Selma, Alabama. The brutal confrontations with Alabama state troopers were captured on television footage by all the major networks. This convinced the nation - and Congress - that something finally had to be done. In what has been termed "the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement," the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed. A timeline, select bibliography, source notes, and index round out this well-researched, well-organized story that honors the many who stood up and fought against glaring inequities at the ballot box. This volume is ideal for research projects, and deserves a place alongside other important depictions of this period in our history.

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