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The Civil Rights Movement in America : from 1865 to the present
McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Childrens Press, [1991]

Physical Description:
351 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
From the beginning of Reconstruction to the present, traces the struggle of blacks to gain their civil rights in America, with a brief comparison of their problems to those of other minorities.
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E185.61 .M479 1991 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The history of the civil rights movement in America has been riddled with hypocrisy and hope, terror and triumph.This revised edition includes expanded chapters, cameos, and photographic coverage on the struggle for civil rights for Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans, women, and children.

Author Notes

Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 9, 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior high school English teacher and a children's book editor at Concordia Publishing.

Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. In 1998, they received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She also writes fiction on her own. Her book included Flossie and the Fox, Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt, A Friendship for Today, and Let's Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! She won the Newberry Honor Book Award and the King Author Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural in 1993 and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind. She dead of cardio-respiratory arrest on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-10. The McKissacks' new edition of their excellent survey The Civil Rights Movement in America [BKL Je 1 87] includes a number of revisions to the existing text as well as additions covering events of the last five years. For instance, the writers have reframed the section entitled "Mexican American Civil Rights" as "Hispanic Civil Rights" and incorporated material reflecting the broader scope of the topic, as well as adding a new section on civil rights during the Bush administration. While libraries on tight budgets can get by with the first edition, those that can afford to replace it will find the new edition an excellent, up-to-date resource. ~--Carolyn Phelan