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Fannie Lou Hamer : fighting for the right to vote
Litwin, Laura Baskes.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ ; Aldershot, Hants, UK : Enslow Publishers, [2002]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
A biography of the civil rights activist who devoted her life to helping blacks register to vote and gain a national political voice.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.1 3.0 61309.
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E185.97.H35 L58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
E185.97.H35 L58 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Forty-four-year-old Fannie Lou Hamer had never known this one simple truth: that she had a legal right to vote. Voting, education, personal safety, justice, Hamer and other African Americans were being denied these and other basic rights. Then, Hamer met up with the civil rights movement, and her life changed. Abandoning the Mississippi plantation where she had spent her life picking cotton, Hamer discovered her true calling. Every person regardless of their color should have a chance to participate in their own destiny, she said. Laura Baskes Litwin paints a riveting portrait of this natural-born leader, a sharp, funny, down-to-earth woman who struggled and triumphed in the fight for civil rights.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-Litwin does a good job of chronicling the highlights of her subject's life and considerable accomplishments, but she is less successful at conveying a sense of who Hamer was. Little is said about her personal life or her family, especially her husband, who seems to have suffered tremendously because of his wife's activism in the racially explosive Mississippi of the 1960s. Readers learn little of her two adopted daughters and the death of one of them from complications due to malnutrition. Still, Litwin conveys Hamer's integrity, honesty, and keen intelligence. The second book does an excellent job of placing Wright within the context of his times. Strongest when his own words are used to describe events, the book seamlessly weaves those words into a coherent and effective story line. Westen places emphasis on the writer's personal life and on his intellectual journey from an impoverished rural Mississippi childhood to self-imposed exile in Paris. Readers will gain knowledge not only of Wright's all too brief life, but will also get a sense of how the times impacted on the evolution of a gifted African American. If the biography has one fault, it is that it is too simplified, too cut and dry, avoiding the nuances and complexities that must have embodied Richard Wright. Still, it is an effective first look at an extraordinary American writer.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.