Evicted! Evicted!

Evicted‪!‬

The Struggle for the Right to Vote

    • 4.3 • 3 Ratings
    • $11.99
    • $11.99

Publisher Description

Shortlist, Goddard Riverside/CBC Young People's Book Prize for Social Justice 

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:
ActivismSocial justiceCivil rightsBlack history

GENRE
Kids
RELEASED
2022
January 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
64
Pages
PUBLISHER
Astra Publishing House
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
57.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Blueschildbaby ,

Still Fresh, Still Raw

I love this book. The fact that it is written for children makes it easily accessible for all, and neither dulls the horror, nor mitigates the brutal truth of the south, the state of Tennessee, and the absurd and violent lengths to which the decedents of enslavers were and still are willing to go to subjugate African Americans. I have visited the site where Freedom Village once stood mired in mud. I taught in Fayette county, Tennessee as recently as two years ago. The legacy of pain is still etched in the faces and the behaviors of residents.

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