Evicted!

The Struggle for the Right to Vote

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Pub Date 11 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 27 Dec 2021

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This critical civil rights book for middle-graders examines the little-known Tennessee's Fayette County Tent City Movement in the late 1950s and reveals what is possible when people unite and fight for the right to vote. Powerfully conveyed through interconnected stories and told through the eyes of a child, this book combines poetry, prose, and stunning illustrations to shine light on this forgotten history.

The late 1950s was a turbulent time in Fayette County, Tennessee. Black and White children went to different schools. Jim Crow signs hung high. And while Black hands in Fayette were free to work in the nearby fields as sharecroppers, the same Black hands were barred from casting ballots in public elections.
 
If they dared to vote, they faced threats of violence by the local Ku Klux Klan or White citizens. It wasn't until Black landowners organized registration drives to help Black citizens vote did change begin--but not without White farmers' attempts to prevent it. They violently evicted Black sharecroppers off their land, leaving families stranded and forced to live in tents. White shopkeepers blacklisted these families, refusing to sell them groceries, clothes, and other necessities.
 
But the voiceless did finally speak, culminating in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which legally ended voter discrimination. 
 
Perfect for young readers, teachers/librarians, and parents interested in books for kids with themes of:
   Activism
   Social justice
   Civil rights
   Black history
 
This critical civil rights book for middle-graders examines the little-known Tennessee's Fayette County Tent City Movement in the late 1950s and reveals what is possible when people unite and fight...

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Warren county insured voter rights were protected up until 2013. Black people protested for their rights as americans, and with that battle one the war was still on. We must go through life being anti-racist so everyone can have an equal chance at life. This book would be good for ages 8 to 12 I believe as an introduction/ supplementation to what African-American people have suffered in this country.

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