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Sound of Freedom

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews

“A notable addition to the historical record…Arsenault’s book is a timely reminder of the worm of history turning once more.”—Boston Globe

On Easter Sunday 1939, celebrated vocalist Marian Anderson sang before a throng of seventy-five thousand at the Lincoln Memorial. Though she was at the peak of a dazzling career, Anderson had recently been barred from performing at th
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA (first published March 31st 2009)
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Bob H
Dec 04, 2014 Bob H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
I had opened this book thinking it would tell of an epic moment in civil rights history: the 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert by Marian Anderson. The book is much more than that. To understand how Marian Anderson got to that point, the author has given us a book of her life and times. We learn how a woman with limited access to formal education managed to find the music training to become not the finest African-American singer of her day but the most celebrated American concert singer of her day, p ...more
Kelly
Feb 15, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a resolution to expand my reading to new genres. I've typically struggled to finish non-fiction books, but this was amazing. I learned so much about this graceful woman and how she quietly helped move the color bar in the United States, well before the Civil Rights movement of the 60's. She was a quiet groundbreaker.
Bob H
Nov 25, 2015 Bob H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had opened this book thinking it would tell of an epic moment in civil rights history: the 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert by Marian Anderson. The book is much more than that. To understand how Marian Anderson got to that point, the author has given us a book of her life and times. We learn how a woman with limited access to formal education managed to find the music training to become not the finest African-American singer of her day but the most celebrated American concert singer of her day, p ...more
Bill Hall
Apr 15, 2009 Bill Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history

This book is about one of the great moments in the history of the Civil Rights movement and in the history of the United States, but there’s even more to this fine work of history. This year marks the seventieth anniversary of Marian Anderson’s landmark concert at Lincoln Memorial. While the focus of the book is on that event, Arsenault also provides a biographical portrait of Anderson’s life up to the time of the concert, as well as a social and cultural portrait of the times that shaped her an
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Rebecca
Sep 11, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this meticulously researched book one does gain a better understanding of the Civil Rights movement and how one person can make a difference.

I think everyone has heard of the 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert but not the how or why. This book focuses on this seminal event and how it changed Marian Anderson's career and perhaps how it jump started the Civil Rights movement. The DAR refused to allow Marian to sing at Constitution Hall stating a previous engagement.
Thus began the fight w
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Dave Creek
Sep 07, 2013 Dave Creek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an interesting read centered about the 1939 concert the great singer Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial after the Jim Crow laws and customs of the times kept her from performing at a concert hall.

The book actually encompasses her entire life, however, and shows her as an artist whose contributions to the cause of civil rights mostly came from her devotion to her art. Determined to showcase her artistry to as wide an audience as possible, she ended up breaking down the
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Margaret Sankey
Recounts the 1939 refusal of the DAR to allow black performers to use Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., and the organized resistance mounted by the NAACP and dissident members of the DAR, including Eleanor Roosevelt, on behalf of Marian Anderson. Raymond Arsenault, a noted civil rights historian, digs into the archives for all the nuances of a story that is far from the simple one-line treatment it usually gets in textbooks and surveys.
Lori
Oct 11, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
February's bookclub book. This book taught me alot that I didn't know about people who paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. I enjoyed reading about Marian Anderson and her impact on the United States and the world.
Chuck Jackson
Sep 13, 2011 Chuck Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, thoroughly researched (notes and index are almost 100 pages). Does a great job of painting the picture of who Marian Anderson was and why it matters. Great piece of history that this book handles well.
Erica Turner
Dec 11, 2013 Erica Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspiring.
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