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The Voice That Challenged a Nation Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0547480342
ISBN-13: 9780547480343
Sku: 214440496
Publish Date: 1/3/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10H x 8L x 0.5T
Pages:  128
Age Range:  13 to 16
This insightful, award-winning account of the great African-American vocalist looks at her life and musical career in the context of the civil rights movement in this country. A Newbery Honor and Sibert Medal winner. Photos.
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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, here 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, 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.|
Inspired by Marian Anderson's own biography as well as by contemporary newspaper articles and interviews, Russell Freedman introduces readers to the life of the African-American opera singer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Anderson was a talented contralto who was denied admission to a music conservatory because she was black. Despite such discrimination, Anderson's career thrived, particularly in Europe. Later, she became a symbol of the American civil rights movement when she performed a 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial where she sang for over 75,000 admirers, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Illustrated with B&W archival photographs. A 2005 Newbery Honor Book. Winner of the 2005 Sibert Medal.
Author Bio
Russell Freedman
Winner of the 1998 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, an award which honors an author or illustrator who has made a substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature.


Publishers Weekly
"Freedman provides thrilling accounts of Anderson's success and soaring reputation....An engrossing biography." 03/22/2004

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Freedman tells the story of this extraordinary woman in vivid language enlivened by quotes from Anderson herself. Black-and-white photographs throughout give a sense of the changing times in which Anderson lived and gently remind readers that it was not so long ago." - Janice M. Del Negro July/August 2004

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   09
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0128
Product attributePublisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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