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The March Against Fear

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  40 reviews
James Meredith's 1966 march in Mississippi began as one man's peaceful protest for voter registration and became one of the South's most important demonstrations of the civil rights movement. It brought together leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, who formed an unlikely alliance that resulted in the Black Power movement, which ushered in a new era i ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by National Geographic Society
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
Rating: 5 Stars
2017; National Geographic Children's Books/National Geographic Books
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I really enjoyed this book. This book concentrates on the last walk of the civil rights movement which I did not know much about. After finishing the book I realize I have SO much more to learn about the civil rights movement. Everything I know I have seen on television, movies, and from a lot of historical fiction novels. While this book is aimed at young adults, I think it is a great place to
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this history of the March, which I thought gave me a good sense of the atmosphere and people involved with each step of the way, from the start to the violent interruption and the broader continuation, and then the lasting effects for both blacks and the greater civil rights movement. It was many information new to me.

The tiny font size was a constant reminder that this book was not aimed at the middle-aged!
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Every teen should read this book to learn about the fairly unknown (in today's education) march that basically signaled the end of the Civil Rights Movement as it had been. Readers will witness ugly racism in America and the power of protest.

Aside story: Last night during a game night at the library I was playing a game called 5 Second Rule with the teens where you have 5 seconds to give 3 answers to a question on a card like "What are 3 college mascots?" One of the cards was "Name 3 leaders of
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Another winner from Ann Bausum that gives young readers a "you are there" feeling. However, the font is super teeny tiny making this a difficult read at times.
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
By the time James Meredith planned his one man Walk Against Fear in 1966, he was already an accomplished African American man. yet he had remained on the sidelines during the early days of the civil rights movement. Although he certainly would have been an asset to it, Meredith was a strongly independent man. He was among the first recruits to serve in the newly integrated Air Force in the 1950s, and after returning home in 1960, Meredith decided to realize his lifelong dream of attending the Un ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
This book is fantastic. I think that the topics of fear, injustice and difficult to explain history is hard to teach to younger children, but this book captures all it complexities and details beautifully. This book is packed with factual information that engages the reader and that amazing text is accompanied by pictures and quotes that deepen the reading experience. It is brilliant and important reading for children and their parents. A must read for today's time, which allows us to learn from ...more
Kyle Pucciarello
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good job of giving enough background and detail without retreading too much. Very few know of Meredith's march in 1966, but it was extremely important and sparked a new wave of protest, as well as the emergence of the Black Power movement. Photos and narrative text aid in this well-written non-fiction exploration.
Cara Meredith
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent count of the last greatest march and pretty accurate portrayal of the man who started it all.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a good Civil Rights non-fiction book.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Very informative, very detailed and very eye opening. I think I would have liked it better as a documentary. My only problem was that (for me--so many of my colleagues LOVED it) it read too much like a dry textbook. I wanted to like this book so much. But it took me several tries to get through it. Had this not been for a program at work, I probably wouldn't have finished it on my own.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-nonfiction
A gripping account of the last great Civil Rights march from Memphis TN to Jackson MS in 1966. Bausum tells this well-written and suspenseful story chronologically, and fills with of documented quotations, photographs, and informative details. This is timely, too, in the way she explains the climate of that time, noting the "layer of distance" between blacks and whites. "That layer of distance made it easier for southern whites to define African Americans as outsiders, as others. When people are ...more
Molly Dettmann
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The work remains unfinished. And so the march continues."

Wow, this book looks at the little known Civil Rights March known as the March Against Fear and the emergence of black power (kinda what we would know today as Black Lives Matter). Sadly, I learned about many Civil Rights figures I had never heard of before and it gave lots of insight on how black people felt during this time, what they were marching for, and the power dynamics and fear that kept white people in power during these times e
I can't tell if the book was a little dry, or if it was just hard to read because of the tiny font.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Copy provided by Media Masters Publicity for Young Adult Books Central

N.B. The print on this is very small, which will make it a bit harder to get middle school readers to pick this up for pleasure reading. It's still worth it for middle school libraries to invest in a copy for research, but I really wish the font were bigger!

James Meredith was a ground breaker in the Civil Rights Movement, and the first African-American to graduate from The University of Mississippi, in 1963. In 1966, he decide
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I had never heard of this 22 days, 305 miles, 1966 march through Mississippi. They went to Philadelphia, Mississippi, not once, but twice. MLK, Jr and Stokely Carmichael were both on this march.
"When the federal government offered vital food supplies and provided free services such as health care and preschool education to Mississippi poor, many whites criticized the program as an alarming imposition of federal will on one of its 50 states. such cri
Russ K
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, giveaways
I received this book for free from National Geographic as part of a goodreads giveaway.

I was excited to receive this book because it's a part of the Civil Rights Movement that I had never heard of before. Ann Bausum has experience writing about this era, having written two other books about the movement before. Her passion for the events comes through in her description of the narrative and her commentary in later chapters.

It's a great narrative too. James Meredith wants to walk from Memphis to

Ann Bausum has told a powerful story about an event I knew next to nothing about, the 1966 March Against Fear, begun by James Meredith and his followers, finished by Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and other heavyweights of the Civil Rights Era. But unlike the second march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, this march did not go off without a hitch. There were a lot of problems, including disagreements between the leaders, local Mississippi police who were reluctant to provide protec
Sunday Cummins
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life was not hunky dory after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed. It's not like African Americans ran to register and started to vote. In Mississippi many feared for their jobs and their lives if they registered to vote. It was harder to move this mountain than we might realize. It was more complicated than "if we do X, then Y will happen as a result" That's what struck me as I read Bausum's book. She draws a picture that reveals how complex human beings are. And not just about whites' hat ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting narrative about the March Against Fear, the longest Civil Rights march but the least well-known. It marked a turning point in the Civil Rights movement, namely the fracturing of the various organizations behind the Civil Rights movement, due to one group's creation of the "Black Power" motto, which conflicted with Martin Luther King's call for non-violence. Lots of pictures and little-known facts. This is a must-read for anyone interested in African-American History an ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a hard book for me to finish. I'm really interested in the topic of Civil Rights, and I've read a lot of children's and young adult titles on the subject. This volume was incredibly informative, but really tough to get through and I doubt whether many students will make it. The level of detail is impressive, but will probably intimidate all but the most passionate readers.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about the last march in the Civil Rights era when the term Black Power was born. I had never heard of this march before and was fascinated by the details I learned. Bausum is a talented writer and capable of giving information without coming across as biased. I will recommend this book to anyone who will listen, especially teen readers.
I really liked this book, and I learned something new. It was short, but I had never heard of this march before so I enjoyed learning about something new. This book encourages me to explore more about the Civil Rights Movement, and look at some of the smaller but still significant events in our country.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5. Excellent information about the end of the great Civil Rights marches and the very beginnings of the Black Power movement, but the typesetting was a real downer. It was tiny and hard to read, made this book more cumbersome than it needed to be.
Becky Kondritz
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book--especially for middle school students to read. Provided so much information about the March Against Fear. Discussed strategy, conflicts, language issues, etc.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book that sheds light on a march that is often overlooked in the history of the civil rights movement. And the revelations show the problems/tensions within the civil rights movement as some groups want more action (and the slogan power to the people begins here) and others want to stick with the non-violence approach. James Meredith, the originator of this march, is seen as a much more complex man than the "hero" who integrated Ole Miss and that too is the importance of this book. This march ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting. I didn't know anything about this.
I've read quite a bit about Civil Rights but I don't think I've read any on this particular March.

Found the writing to be good and the story well researched. All the photos with captions made it all too real.

Very timely.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2017-reads
Excellent content but not the best package. Very word dense for even teen readers. Loved all the photos and quotes.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Important contribution to our history.
Sam Bloom
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-nonfiction
4.5 - font is sooooooo teeny tiny, otherwise this is amazing
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Ann Bausum writes about history for readers of all ages from her home in southern Wisconsin. Her works often focus on under-told stories from the past, and she frequently explores issues of social justice.

Her newest title, The March Against Fear (National Geographic: 2017), is her third work to examine the civil rights movement in the American South. In the case of these and other books, Bausum s