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The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

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The life of civil rights leader Daisy Bates is vividly detailed in this stirring new biography by an acclaimed husband-wife team. Throughout her life, Daisy Bates worked tirelessly for civil rights as an activist, journalist, and organizer. She first captured national attention as the mentor of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 19 ...more
Hardcover, Series: Golden Kite Honors, 192 pages
Published December 20th 2004 by Clarion Books (first published September 28th 2004)
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Cristina
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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“Oft-times it seems that the wheels of justice turn slowly—but turn they must as long as we have young people such as these…exemplifying courage, vision, and dedication not only for the cause of democracy in Arkansas, but that mankind around the world may enjoy dignity and freedom.” In her acceptance speech for receiving the Spingarn Medal in 1958 on behalf of the NAACP, Daisy Bates commends the bravery and commitment of the young “Nine”—the nine black teenagers who enrolled in Li
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Greta
Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults/ adults
Book is powerful, it is painfully brutal at times and depressing, but it does contain hope. Harsh reality of racial murders and harrassments of the time are not glossed over. Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine are presented in a balanced way that clearly explores the reality of their situations. Excellent photos and primary sources materials. Can make someone ashamed and proud of America at the same time.
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Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Very informative. Lots of helpful pictures indicating the time period and showing the main people/places that the book mentions. I think my favorite Fradin biography so far is the Zora Neale Hurston one though. This book really brings the situation of civil rights/school integration to the level that a child could understand without talking down to them. I would have different cover art because this cover doesn't scream "read me."
Kari
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an extraordinary woman!! Living in Arkansas, I have toured Central High School on different occasions and each time have wanted to know more. I feel this is a part of our country's past worth knowing about and found the courage of Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine inspiring.
Jessica
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who are intrested in the civil rights movement.
Even though things happen with God's help you can over come them.
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I'm not that fond of bibliography's but"The Power of One" changed that.
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The award-winning author of nearly 300 non-fiction books for children and young adults, Dennis Fradin is known for his meticulous research, attention to detail and smooth, graceful writing.

Fradin attributes his success in part to years of teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. In order to hold his second graders’ attention at the end of the day, he would spin stories about crayons in distress and
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