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Arsenault, Raymond
The sound of freedom : Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the concert that awakened America / Raymond Arsenault
Alternate Title Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the concert that awakened America
1st U.S. ed
New York : Bloomsbury Press, c2009
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  ML420.A6 A77 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993
Subject(s) Concerts -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 20th century
Subject United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
Subject(s) African Americans -- Civil rights
African American women singers -- History -- 20th century
Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
Physical Description 310 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-297) and index
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
Summary 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 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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