The Voice That Challenged A Nation

The Voice That Challenged A Nation

Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

Book - 2004
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"A voice like yours," celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini told contralto Marian Anderson, "is heard once in a hundred years." This insightful account of the great African American vocalist considers her life and musical career in the context of the history of civil rights in this country. Drawing on Anderson's own writings and other contemporary accounts, Russell Freedman shows readers a singer pursuing her art despite the social constraints that limited the careers of black performers in the 1920s and 1930s. Though not a crusader or a spokesperson by nature, Marian Anderson came to stand for all black artists -- and for all Americans of color -- when, with the help of such prominent figures as Eleanor Roosevelt, she gave her landmark 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which signaled the end of segregation in the arts.Carefully researched, expertly told, and profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs, this Newbery Honor and Sibert Medal-winning book is a moving account of the life of a talented and determined artist who left her mark on musical and social history. Through her story, Newbery Medal-winning author Russell Freedman, one of today's leading authors of nonfiction for young readers, illuminates the social and political climate of the day and an important chapter in American history. Notes, bibliography, discography, index.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2004.
ISBN: 9780618159765
0618159762
Call Number: 921 ANDERSON
Characteristics: 114 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Subjects: Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993 -- Juvenile literature.
Women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Singers -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Juvenile literature.
African American singers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Contraltos -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.

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Marian Anderson had sung at the White House and before crowned heads in Europe, but was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., because she was black. The protest that was started in reaction put her into the center of the civil rights movement, and helped bring an end to Jim Crow laws. Illus. with photos.

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jazmjoh
Apr 14, 2013

I recommend this book for teaching African American history. It reveals aspects that numerous African Americans didn't know. This book addresses problems and issues that were encountered in the 20th century. Marian Anderson's life, struggles and achievements during the Civil Rights Movement are the main focus in this book. She wasn’t much known like others such as Martin Luther King but the definition in the story captures the struggle of a famous vocalist. The pictures in the book are very detailed and help the reader to paint the picture that the author is trying to portray. What better way to have text and pictures to fully explain the message. The overall theme of this book is anything is possible and all you have to do is believe in yourself.

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Nancy J Mata
Jan 27, 2013

I definitely recommend this book, Russell Freeman summary of the events leading to April 9, 1939 as remarkable. I learn so much of Marian Anderson, her humble beginning and her happy childhood, before her father’s passing. This story relates to all the people in the world that have a dream; and if you fail one time, try again until you succeed. Mariah Anderson decision to travel to Europe, takes her out of her comfort zone. For example, she had to dominate the language in which she must sing.
Another aspect of this book that I learned was about the Church that Marian attended. This Church, help her through her youth. Also, thanks to the Church, she was able to finish school at age 24 years. Then she was able to continue with her singing lessons. The DAR-(Daughters of the American Revolution) decision was to not allow any colored performer at the Constitution Hall. The controversy for Artist segregation erupted and Marian help break Artist segregation in the South by refusing to sing in any place were seating segregation was active. She fought for Civil Rights by doing what she loves.

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Apr 14, 2013

jazmjoh thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 17

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Jan 27, 2013

Nancy J Mata thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jazmjoh
Apr 14, 2013

“ I sang naturally as free as a bird”

“Marian Anderson loved to sing, and she loved to listen while others were singing.”

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Nancy J Mata
Jan 27, 2013

"It seemed impossible that you could find people who would curb you, stop you, from doing a thing which is beautiful."

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jazmjoh
Apr 14, 2013

This book is a biography of Marian Anderson, a famous vocalist. It captures her struggles and issues through her life. She was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement and was denied access to sing at the Constitution Hall but she does perform in front of the Lincoln Memorial which changed history for everyone.

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