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The sound of freedom : Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the concert that awakened America

Author: Raymond Arsenault
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Award-winning civil rights historian Ray Arsenault describes the dramatic story behind Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial-an early milestone in civil rights history-on the seventieth anniversary of her performance. On Easter Sunday 1939, the brilliant vocalist Marian Anderson sang before a throng of seventy-five thousand at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington-an electrifying moment  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Arsenault, Raymond.
Sound of freedom.
New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2009
(OCoLC)733974892
Named Person: Marian Anderson; Marian Anderson; Marian Anderson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Arsenault
ISBN: 9781596915787 1596915781 1608190560 9781608190560
OCLC Number: 236341217
Description: 310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: October 1964 --
1: Freedom's child --
2: Singing in the dark --
3: Deep rivers --
4: Heart of a nation --
5: Sweet land of liberty --
Epilogue: American icon, 1943-93 --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Other Titles: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the concert that awakened America
Responsibility: Raymond Arsenault.
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From the Publisher: Award-winning civil rights historian Ray Arsenault describes the dramatic story behind Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial-an early milestone in civil rights history-on the seventieth anniversary of her performance. On Easter Sunday 1939, the brilliant vocalist Marian Anderson sang before a throng of seventy-five thousand at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington-an electrifying moment and an under appreciated milestone in civil rights history. Though she was at the peak of a dazzling career, Anderson had been barred from performing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall because she was black. When Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR over the incident and took up Anderson's cause, however, it became a national issue. Like a female Jackie Robinson-but several years before his breakthrough-Anderson rose to a pressure-filled and politically charged occasion with dignity and courage, and struck a vital blow for civil rights. In the 1963 March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. would follow, literally, in Anderson's footsteps. This tightly focused, richly textured narrative by acclaimed historian Raymond Arsenault captures the struggle for racial equality in 1930s America, the quiet heroism of Marian Anderson, and a moment that inspired blacks and whites alike.

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