The Beginnings: 1939

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The year 1939 was one of constant change in the United States. The decade-long Great Depression left millions of African American families in poverty. A group of activists and attorneys, who would become known as the Black Cabinet, began providing direction and advice to the president. The Civil Liberties Unit and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund successfully brought discrimination cases to court for the first time in American history. The nation watched as the Black opera singer Marian Anderson triumphantly brought the country together with her voice. Finally, at the outbreak of World War II, Black soldiers faced the conflict between fighting for freedom overseas and gaining their own freedom at home in America. This detailed account explains why 1939 was such a critical year in the civil rights movement.
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Written by Jay Leslie
ISBN 978-1-338-80053-1
Key Features
  • Each book addresses major moments in civil rights history, organized chronologically, and ties into the school curriculum
  • Informative sidebars provide cultural references and explanations of more complex terms
  • Rich back matter includes timeline, glossary, reference materials, index, and brief biography of a modern civil right activist
  • Historical photos throughout
  • This new set in the Exploring Civil Rights series follows the 5 books in the set “Exploring Civil Rights: The Movement”
  • Series expansion into the post-civil rights era in the coming season with “Exploring Civil Rights: The Rise”
Fiction / Nonfiction Nonfiction
Item # 735798
Imprint Franklin Watts
Copyright 2023
Format Reinforced Library Binding
Trim Size 6 x 9
Pages 96
Ages 10, 11, 12, 13
Dewey 323.1196/073
Grades 5 - 8
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