This graphic novel looks at non-violent civil rights sit-ins that took place in Nashville, TN and Greensboro, NC. Having been to both cities and eatenThis graphic novel looks at non-violent civil rights sit-ins that took place in Nashville, TN and Greensboro, NC. Having been to both cities and eaten at these lunch counters. I now have a greater appreciation for equal service regardless of race and a great admiration for those who fought for those rights. I didn't realize that there were practice sessions held to prepare for resisting the urge to fight back. Name calling was bad enough, but squirting ketchup at and blowing smoke in faces of African American customers by racist and bigoted whites would have had me. It took a lot of discipline and willpower not to retaliate. I think this format of telling this story is perfect. The artist and comic style used make history come alive and make MARCH: Book One an important retelling of historic events....more
These letters and ads placed in post Civil War newspapers and church bulletins show how loyalty and love can last a lifetime. I can only imagine how hThese letters and ads placed in post Civil War newspapers and church bulletins show how loyalty and love can last a lifetime. I can only imagine how hopeless it must have felt to not remember or know enough facts needed to trace family members after years of separation. Mothers looking for children,taken from them when they were very young, live for the possibility that somehow they would be reunited one day.
I learned that slaves were often considered as dispensable property and were thought of as "currency" for debts or valuable trade when speculating land deals. It was heart-wrenching to think of the humiliation and suffering endured by men, women, and children as they were examined like livestock on the auction block. Pregnant women were a 'real bargain' ... sort of like buy one and get one free. I recall a poignant song Many Thousands Gone, by Bob Dylan that reflects saying goodbye to the past with relief, yet mourns a loss that cannot be regained.
So many people displaced and families broken. Slaves who wanted to marry were also oppressed by an owner's (so-called) rights. Vows included different wording from traditional white weddings, since the bride and groom couldn't belong wholly to each other when they were considered as property. Permission to wed had to be granted by slave masters and when capital was needed to finance a purchase, or slaves' relationships with each other got in the way of an owners plans, a sale or trade trumped the sanctity of marriage. ...more