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A captive audience : voices of Japanese American youth in World War II Arkansas (Welky, Ali)
Offers a look at the Rohwer and Jerome relocation centers in Arkansas, where Japanese-Americans from the West Coast were forcibly moved during World War II, through the eyes of the young people who lived there.
Fannie Lou Hamer : civil rights activist (Harris, Duchess; Ventura, Marne)
Fannie Lou Hamer was an influential African American activist in the 1960s and 1970s. She fought for African Americans' civil rights, including the right to vote. Fannie Lou Hamer: Civil Rights Activist explores her life and legacy.
Freedom Summer for young people : the violent season of 1964 that made Mississippi burn and made America a democracy (Watson, Bruce; Stefoff, Rebecca)
In the summer of 1964, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) sent more than seven hundred college students to Mississippi to help black Americans already battling for democracy, their dignity and the right to vote. The story told within these pages is of everyday people fighting for freedom, a fight that continues today.
Getting away with murder : the true story of the Emmett Till case (Crowe, Chris)
Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 and the lasting impact of his death.
In the name of Emmett Till : how the children of the Mississippi Freedom Struggle tore down yesterday and showed us tomorrow (Mayer, Robert H.)
The killing of Emmett Till is widely remembered today as one of the most famous examples of lynchings in America. African American children in 1955 personally felt the terror of his murder. These children, however, would rise up against the culture that made Till's death possible. These children changed that world.
John Lee Hooker : master of boogie and blues (Shea, Theresa)
This Grammy-winning blues guitarist and songwriter began his life as the son of a sharecropper in Mississippi. This is the inspirational tale of how talent can override all challenges.
Johnny Cash : fighting for the underdog (Willett, Edward)
Born in Arkansas during the Great Depression, Johnny Cash endured poverty, the death of his older brother, and a difficult relationship with his father. He turned to music to express his pain, and his songs of hardship and hope reached the ears of ordinary people fighting to survive, just as he fought to survive his own lifelong battle with addiction.
Medgar Evers (Weil, Ann)
A biography on Medgar Evers, the civil rights activist and martyr from Mississippi.
Medgar Evers and the NAACP (Jeffrey, Gary; Spender, Nik)
Medgar Evers's story of courage, dignity, and sacrifice is a reminder of the high price some paid to ensure that the United States would meet its promise of equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Through powerful illustrations and accessible text, this dramatic graphic novel highlights Evers's courage and dignity during a dark period in American history.
Muddy : the story of blues legend Muddy Waters (Mahin, Michael James; Turk, Evan)
Presents the life of blues legend Muddy Waters, describing how he persisted with his interest in music despite a lack of encouragement from his family and record producers, leading him to Chicago where he was able to record his unique country blues sound.
My Dog Skip (Morris, Willie)
My Dog Skip is the story about nine-year-old Willie Morris growing up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, a tale of a boy and his dog in a small, sleepy Southern town that teaches us about family, friendship, love, devotion, trust and bravery.
Race against time : the untold story of Scipio Jones and the battle to save twelve innocent men (Wallace, Sandra Neil; Wallace, Rich)
In 1919, a group of Black sharecroppers met to organize a union. Many were killed by a white mob in what became known as the Elaine Massacre. Others were arrested. Twelve of the sharecroppers were hastily tried and sentenced to death. Scipio Africanus Jones, a self-taught lawyer who'd been born enslaved, answered the call and represented the twelve.
Robert Johnson : legend of the Delta blues (Patrick, James)
Robert Johnson was the most famous of the Delta blues musicians. His tragically short life is full of interesting events that are engagingly addressed in this book.
Simeon's story an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till (Wright, Simeon)
Documents the 1955 kidnapping and murder of teenage Emmett Till as remembered by his cousin, sharing descriptions of life in period Mississippi and how the ensuing murder trial became a catalyst for the civil rights movement.
Turning points of the Civil War (Roberts, Russell)
Describes the Siege of Vicksburg and the Battle of Gettysburg, including Pickett's Charge, that turned the tide of the American Civil War.
Under siege! : three children at the Civil War battle for Vicksburg (Warren, Andrea)
This book looks at the 1862-63 battle for Vicksburg through the eyes of three children: ten-year-old Lucy, the daughter of a Vicksburg merchant; eleven-year-old Willie, the son of a minister; and twelve-year old Frederick, the son of Ulysses S. Grant.
Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement (Weatherford, Carole Boston)
Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Featuring vibrant mixed-media art full of intricate detail, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.
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