Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge

Marching for Freedom

An inspiring look at the fight for the vote, by an award-winning author Only 44 years ago in the U.S., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was leading a fight to win blacks the right to vote. Ground zero for the movement became Selma, Alabama.Award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge leads you straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Focusing on the co...

Details Marching for Freedom

TitleMarching for Freedom
Release DateOct 15th, 2009
PublisherViking Books for Young Readers
GenreNonfiction, History, Cultural, African American, Childrens, Historical, Middle Grade, North American Hi..., American History, Picture Books, Academic, Read For School

Reviews Marching for Freedom

  • Lisa
    Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary is an amazing retelling of the events leading up to the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Similar to Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice and We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March, this book uses photographs and anecdotes from the lives of ordinary people who were part of the extraordinary - The Civil Rights Movement. The book, though nonficti...
  • Betsy
    One Sentence Review: One of the best covers of the year on one of the best books of the year, and I appreciated the length in particular.
  • Dolly
    We recently read the graphic novel series March by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, so I am familiar with the material in this book. Their ability to tell the story combined with Nate Powell's illustrations make this series a must-read for middle grade readers.In fact, as I read the story, told from the perspective of the children who participated in the marches, I feel like I am reaching into my own memories of this part of American hist...
  • CH13_Meghan Schultz
    Marching for Freedom documents the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of children. The book begins in 1965 Salem, Alabama and follows the march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Montgomery, Alabama. Each page is filled with authentic photography taken throughout this time period and is accompanied by stories of children who participated in the march. The book shines light one the extreme violence several children endured in order to march ...
  • N_maheenayub
    The clear black and white photos in this book are honestly what first captured my attention. The photos are taken from 1965, some are brutal and others are inspiring. They help capture the reader's attention as she reads about the days before "Bloody Sunday," when African Americans attempted to march to Selma, Alabama in order to gain the right to vote, but were injured along the way by state troopers. The nonfiction book continues with the event...
  • Justin
    This book details the struggle faced by black Americans in Selma, Alabama to overcome the obstacles placed before them to register to vote. The story is centered on an historic march from Selma to Montgomery. Although it is told largely from the perspective of the young students involved in the struggle, the author does not soften the issue. Rather, Partridge uses descriptive language and direct quotations from participants of the events and comb...
  • 529_Regina
    Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Wearyby: Elizabeth PartridgeIntermediate and up Viking (2009) 72p.ISBN-10: 0670011894 $14.95"From a child up at that time, you was taught to fear them." Elizabeth Partridge took the well know civil rights march from Montgomery to Selma, and showed it through the lens of the children and teens who participated in the marches. Ms. Partridge's accounts are interchanged with first hand...
  • Edie
    Elizabeth Partridge does it again with a well written book with new information on a subject that has been treated so voluminously by others. Looking at the civil rights movement from the perspective of the young people who joined in the marches and protests makes this an important book for young people everywhere.
  • Amie
    Marching For Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge is a moving portrait of how the children of the Civil Rights Movement propelled the movement forward and changed history. These children had to stand up and fight when their parents and teachers couldn’t for fear of losing their jobs and possibly their lives. Many of the brave children were beaten up, thrown into jail and, in some cases, killed. A 2...
  • Jennifer
    Marching For Freedom will challenge your thinking about what children are capable of. Elizabeth Partridge tells the story of the struggles of African Americans in Selma, Alabama in 1963 who were trying to register to vote. They were bullied and intimidated by local authorities, made to take an unfairly administered “literacy test” and charged a poll tax. The blacks wanted the right to vote but they had to join together in a peaceful protest t...
  • Samantha
    Elizabeth Partridge’s Marching For Freedom tells stories from the civil rights movement in Selma, Alabama. The stories are frequently told from the children’s perspective, which makes the book, which is written for children ten and up, more engaging for children. Marching For Freedom has won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Partridge explains her inspiration and identifies her research well at the end of the book. She includes an auth...
  • Erica
    Book talk: The ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 prohibited denying anyone the right to vote based on race, but in Alabama in 1965, they found enough ways to get around that amendment that even though half the population of Selma was black, 99 % of the voters were white. In 1965 the people of Selma decided to make a stand by marching to protest the unfair voting practices. The marchers were jailed, bombs were set off in the houses of the...
  • Keely Wells
    Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge tells the story of deadly protests that took place in 1965. The book focuses on children who stood up for their rights even though they knew they would be facing horrific violence. I thought this book was very moving, because it tells the story of African Americans gaining the right to vote. I also really enjoyed the old photographs to provide the reader with a visual representation. The book portrays t...
  • Nikka Bacalzo
    Marching For Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge is an easy to understand informational text about the Selma march. The book is organized in a way that any person, regardless of their prior knowledge would be able to understand. The book opens with a personal story of Joanne Blackmon and her sister Lynda and how they were denied at the Dallas County Courthouse because of the color of their skin. From there, the book follows the issue of unjust treatme...
  • jo
    There was no question that I had to pick up Elizabeth Partridge's new book Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary. "Walk Together Children" is one of my favorite spirituals and Elizabeth Partridge is the author of that stunning Woody Guthrie biography I was so taken with back in 2008. Resistance was futile.Marching for Freedom covers the time period surrounding the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march that led to groundbr...
  • Maricor
    Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge (2009)Marching for Freedom captures the tale of the African Americans in Selma, Alabama who struggled for the right to vote in the civil rights movement in 1965. Elizabeth Partridge shares the events in Selma leading up to the march to Montgomery which eventually involved over 30,000 African Americans and other civil rights activists. Using storytelling to reawaken the time period and events, Partridge ...
  • Aliyah Inge-hanif
    Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Wearyby Elizabeth Partridge is a nonfiction book for the ages of ten years old and up. Its is an ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers and a Cybils Awards Nominee for Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction. This book has a lot of historical pictures from the nineteen sixties. The books and these pictures talk about the movement for voting rights for African Americans.It focuses...
  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth Partridge tells the moving story of young people’s role in the civil rights get the vote in Selma, Alabama. The book opens with ten year old Joanne Blackmon’s first arrest when she accompanied her grandmother as she tried to register to vote in 1963. The narrative continues chronologically, highlighting the role played by youth. Adults could lose their jobs or even their lives if they protested, so the high school studen...
  • Kiya
    In Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, children and Don’t you Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge. This book tells the different stories of several people who were involved in the civil rights movement including the famous Martin Luther King Jr. This book does a great job telling the story of what lead up to the voting rights act being passed in 1965 it tells the personal stories of people who at the time were just little kids but participated i...
  • Judith
    Elizabeth Partridge, author of John Lennon: All I want is the Truth and The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, recounts the gripping days in 1965 that led up to the march from Selma to Montgomery, Al in Marching for Freedom. Instead of focusing on the key players of the Civil Rights Movement, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Partridge discusses the role that children and teens had on this historic movement. Partridge does not weigh the reader down ...
  • Homewood Public Library
    Elizabeth Partridge, author of John Lennon: All I want is the Truth and The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, recounts the gripping days in 1965 that led up to the march from Selma to Montgomery, Al in Marching for Freedom. Instead of focusing on the key players of the Civil Rights Movement, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Partridge discusses the role that children and teens had on this historic movement. Partridge does not weigh the reader down ...
  • Jacki
    Summary: A look at the events surrounding and leading up to the Selma freedom march, told partly from the perspective of teenagers who were involved.Verdict: A must for the middle school American history classroom.Yay!: Finding people who were teen participants in the marches and telling their stories here is an inspired idea. The narrow focus (not trying to tell the entire story of the civil rights movement in a slim book) allows for greater det...
  • Nikki Horne
    This book for young adults does a great job telling the story of what eventually lead to the Voting Rights Act being passed in 1965. It explains the many protests that went on and even includes personal accounts of some who were just children while this was going on and participated in the protests for the sake of their parents and their future. Many children were beaten and even put in jail on multiple occasions for their protesting, but they di...
  • Richie Partington
    16 July 2009 MARCHING FOR FREEDOM: WALK TOGETHER, CHILDREN, AND DON'T YOU GROW WEARY by Elizabeth Partridge, Viking, October 2009, 80p., ISBN: 978-0-670-01189-6"In the eyes of a child you will see." -- John LodgeElizabeth Partridge prefaces the first chapter of MARCHING FOR FREEDOM with a series of four photographs that chronicle the July 8, 1964 arrest of young Samuel Newall. The series begins with Samuel standing alone in front of the Dallas Co...
  • Sunday
    This is a fantastic book for middle school students. From the first line this narrative is gripping - "The first time Joanne Blackmon was arrested, she was just ten years old." Partridge tells the story of the children and young adolescents who risked their lives to protest for their parents' right to vote. They were arrested, jailed, beaten along the way. The visuals - primary source photographs - are compelling and can easily serve as conversat...
  • Jennifer Porter
    This novel is one that is able to capture the events of the march for freedom that led to African Americans being able to vote. This is such an important novel as it gives us the details of a very important time in history, which was not that long ago and racism is still unfortunately very much alive today. Though, thankfully, many of the people in our country have been able to look past the thoughts and ideals of the past and see that people are...
  • Andrew
    In honor of Dr. King's birthday I wanted to read a book on something to do with his life. While not a very large book, it's a great read. Marching for Freedom tells the story of Dr. King's voting rights march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. This book demonstrates the power of non-violence and the strength of standing up for what is right.It seems every time I pick up a book on American history I am further amazed at the rich, complex ...
  • Jessica Lee
    Marching For Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary is an incredibly moving novel, written by Elizabeth Partridge. She tells us the stories of many young African American people who risked their life to march and fight for their rights. This is a historical event that everyone in America knows about, but Partridge is able to give her readers a unique insight to these events, being told as by young African Americans and even ...
  • Ashley Saunders
    Partridge, E. (2009) Marching for freedom: walk together, children, and don't you grow weary. New York. Penguin GroupInformationBooklist Starred ReviewThis is a fantastic book to teach children about the struggle African Americans face when trying to vote in the 60s. The book offers images that go along with the true story that Elizabeth Partridge presents. The reader learns about about the events that occurred in Selma, Alabama and particularly ...