Because They Marched

The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

A riveting account of the march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

By Russell Freedman Read by Rodney Gardiner African American / History - United States / Social Issues / Young Adult Nonfiction English, Unabridged 1h 47m Sell Sheet
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1 MP3 CDs January 17, 2017 $29.99 $19.99 9781520046914 Add to Cart
2 Audio CDs January 17, 2017 $39.99 $29.99 9781520046877 Add to Cart
							In the early 1960s, tired of reprisals for attempting to register to vote, Selma's black community began to protest. The struggle received nationwide attention when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a voting rights march in January, 1965, and was attacked by a segregationist. In February, the shooting of an unarmed demonstrator by an Alabama state trooper inspired a march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery. The march got off to a horrific start on March 7 as law officers attacked peaceful demonstrators. Broadcast throughout the world, the violence attracted widespread outrage and spurred demonstrators to complete the march at any cost. On March 25, after several setbacks, protesters completed the fifty-four-mile march to a cheering crowd of 25,000 supporters.

“One of the most decorated nonfiction writers in the field brings his style to a well-told story of the struggle for voting rights in the American South...Freedman's meticulous research and elegant prose brings freshness to [this] story…” - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery...The book's eight chapters pull readers into the decades-long struggle via clear, concise storytelling and myriad quotes from participants, many of them young at the time...Current threats to the act are described in an epilogue.” - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"...Gardiner succeeds in capturing the vocal idiosyncrasies of historical figures, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,...Strength of writing and narration more than make up for the lack of pictures in this production..." - Booklist

"...Gardiner's even tone and compassionate style add to the story of those who marched." - AudioFile

[Starred Review] “This is the powerful account of the events in 1965, in Selma, AL, that influenced a larger movement to win voting rights for black citizens across the country. VERDICT An essential purchase for collections designed for upper elementary through adult.” - School Library Journal

Starred Review. “An essential purchase for collections designed for upper elementary through adult.” - School Library Journal