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Birmingham 1963: How a Photograph Rallied Civil Rights Support
Birmingham 1963: How a Photograph Rallied Civil Rights Support
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Birmingham 1963: How a Photograph Rallied Civil Rights Support

In May 1963 news photographer Charles Moore was on hand to document the Children’s Crusade, a civil rights protest. But the photographs he took that day did more than document an event; they helped change history. His photograph of a trio of African-American teenagers being slammed against a building by a blast of water from a fire hose was especially powerful. The image of this brutal treatment turned Americans into witnesses at a time when hate and prejudice were on trial. It helped rally the civil rights movement and energized the public, making civil rights a national problem needing a national solution. And it paved the way for Congress to finally pass laws to give citizens equal rights regardless of the color of their skin.

 
ISBN978-0-7565-4446-1
PublisherCompass Point Books
Age Level10-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 5-7
SubjectSocial Issues, Hobbies & Crafts, History
Trim Size9 1/4 x 10 1/4
Page Count64
LanguageEnglish
Copyright2011
Paperback
Price
$8.95
 
 
 

Reviews

VOYA - Lucy Schall

"In a creative and engaging exploration of history, this Captured History series uses an iconic photograph in each volume to introduce the reader to a significant event, the photographer, and the object of the photograph. Birmingham 1963 centers on the controversial Children’s Crusade, which organized African American children for nonviolent protest. Tougas points out that civil rights leaders needed controversy to bring attention to their cause, and Charles Moore’s photograph of teenagers being assaulted with fire hoses effectively pressured the repressive white Birmingham establishment. With his pictures, Moore, who originally wanted to cover the world’s beauty, became a protester himself, and like Burgan, Tougas explains the details that give the picture its power. Each volume in this series is a motivating introduction to the period it describes, and the photograph analysis makes this series a valuable source for team teachers of social studies and language arts. The easy-to-read format and many pictures will appeal to the browsing reader as well as the assigned researcher. In addition to its many study aids, the series provides www.facthound.com for additional information. (Captured History) VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12)." - VOYA

August 1, 2011

School Library Journal - Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, Rolla, MO

"Occasionally, a single photograph becomes the emblematic image that defines an era, and this quality series tells the stories of four of those iconic pictures. Each book places its subject photo in historical context, profiles the photographer, describes the conditions under which it was taken, and analyzes both its immediate and its continuing impact. The texts include ample background information and details and are enhanced by large photos and sidebars. These books will help students understand the influence of the individual images and the eras they epitomize, making them strong choices." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2011

 

Neither a Borrower blog - Ms Kathleen

"With insightful, historical media analysis, Tougas tells the story behind one of LIFE Magazine’s “Great Pictures of the Century.” . . . .would be excellent studies for individual or group presentations in a US history or social studies class, shedding light on some lesser known events in the timeline of the Civil Rights Movement." - Neither a Borrower blog

May 8, 2013

Library Media Connection - Suzanne Lay, Educational Reviewer, Houston County, Georgia

"This series shows how a single photograph defined a historical moment. Each book is devoted to one photo that not only caught history, but introduces the student to the background and consequences of the time period. In Migrant Mother the photo is by Dorothea Lange, and in Birmingham 1963 the photo is the famous shot by Charles Moore of 14-year old Carolyn Maull and two other students being brutalized by high powered fire hoses as they peacefully marched to protest segregation. Both of these photos gave an important social problem a human face, and distill a compelling moment. I found the books a powerful way to introduce students to important issues. Since the Birmingham photo was taken as documentation for the Children’s Crusade, I think students will find it particularly easy to identify with. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

October 1, 2011

 

Awards

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

Each entry examines a historical event in the context of an iconic and instantly recognizable photograph (e.g., migrant mother in the Great Depression, raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima). The books discuss how the photograph (and other photograph

April 1, 2012

Shelley Tougas

Shelley Tougas

Shelley Tougas worked in journalism and public relations before writing children’s books. She is the author of Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration, which was among Booklist’s 2011 Top Ten Editors’ Choices. Shelley lives, writes, and reads in North Mankato, Minnesota.

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