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The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    A Beautiful Voice That Broke Barriers This complete biography o

    A Beautiful Voice That Broke Barriers

    This complete biography of Marian Anderson is extremely insightful into her life and musical career as an acclaimed African-American female vocalist. The biography paints a very detailed and balanced portrait of this amazing contralto opera singer who became a musical phenomenon during the civil rights era. It is evident that the author conducted extensive and "meticulous research to craft" this detailed biography. (Temple, Martinez, & Yokota, 2011, p. 376) The book also contains many high quality photographs throughout which complement the text and the specific times in Marian's life that are revealed. It really provides perspective on what life was like for Marian, including her hopes and fears, her goals and aspirations, and her amazing accomplishments. There are many of Marian's personal quotes included throughout the book which allow the reader to get to know what Marian was like and what her personality was. Overall, this well-written biography proves to be more that just an informational book, but also serves as an inspirational and enjoyable read.

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  • Posted September 30, 2012

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    "Let Freedom Sing"

    Russell Freedman demonstrates to his readers a singer pursuing her art despite the obvious racial limitations that limited the careers of black performers in the 1920's and 1930's. Though not a civil rights activist per say, Marian Anderson became a leader for all black artists and for all Americans of color when she gave her landmark 1939 performance of "Let Freedom Ring" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which most significantly changed the outcome of segregation in the arts.
    This story is a moving detailed account of the ever so talented Marian Anderson. and her poignant mark that she left in civil rights history. This inspiring story of determination and hope filled me with insight to what it must have felt to know you have this amazing gift and are not allowed to share it with your fellow man because of the social and racial restraints that are present in that time.
    The story is filled with dramatic photos and is told in such a intense way that I could not help but be transported back to such an unsettling time. This story will surely inspire the reader, and depict the feel of the racial and political climate of that era.
    Carefully researched, expertly told, and dramatically illustrated with contemporary photographs, here is a moving account of the life of a talented and determined artist who left her mark on musical and social history. The audience for this chapter book can be recommended for a fourth or fifth grader because it relays important historical events that are sure to encompass valuable history lessons, but it is most definitely better appreciated by at least an upper middle school-er and high school student.
    Through Marian Anderson's story I was enlightened as well as disheartened but in the end I was tremendously overjoyed. A true underdog story and I was thrilled with the ending. Definitely a chapter book meant to be on every educators shelf.

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