Sweet Land of Liberty

Sweet Land of Liberty

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Overview

This inspiring story of little-known civil rights champion Oscar Chapman reminds readers that one person can truly make a difference.
On Easter Sunday 1939, Marian Anderson performed at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial for a crowd of over 75,000 people. The person largely responsible for putting her there was a white man, Oscar Chapman. When Chapman learned that Marian Anderson was not allowed to sing at Constitution Hall because of the color of her skin, Chapman helped produce a landmark concert that—for at least one evening—bridged the color divide to bring a city and much of the nation together.
Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson tells the inspirational story of Oscar Chapman’s lifelong commitment to ending bigotry. Illustrator Leonard Jenkins’s remarkable illustrations recreate a bygone era and pay tribute to remarkable real-life people and a magical moment in modern history. An author’s note provides additional historical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561453955
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 773,889
Product dimensions: 11.60(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous critically acclaimed picture and chapter books, including Keep On!; Sweet Land of Liberty; Under the Quilt of Night; and Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924. She lives in Oregon.

Leonard Jenkins has illustrated many books, including Sweet Land of Liberty, Champions on the Bench: The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars; The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela; and Langston’s Train Ride. He lives in New York.

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