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The Voice That Challenged a Nation by Russell Freedman
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May 22, 2011

it was amazing
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Read on May 22, 2011

I read this for my Resources for Children class in our Non-fiction section. This is a biography about Marian Anderson, but was also primarily about how black artists were treated in the 1930s and 1940s, so it went beyond just being a biography. Each page had at least one photography either of Marian Anderson, a program for one of her concerts, or a photo depicting Jim Crow laws and segregation in the south. There's an extensive bibliography in the back. It was really interesting and taught me about a very important event in 1939-- when the DAR wouldn't allow black performers to hold concerts in Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. It also dealt extensively with Eleanor Roosevelt's involvement with abolishing segregation, something I knew very little about.

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