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Listen!

Music of the Civil Rights Era arose from several different styles of music, most notably gospel, folk, blues, and jazz. What did these different styles offer? How did they combine to form music that was completely new?
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Praise for other titles by Diane C. Taylor

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"This is a wonderfully enticing introduction to the Renaissance via the lives of five artists: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Titian, Botticelli, and Raphael. An accessible introduction offers a concise overview of just what exactly the Renaissance was, establishing social and historical context, and then five chapters explore the contributions and lasting impact of each painter. The heavily illustrated text covers basic biographical information—family background, training, relationships (including sexual orientation), even personal appearance and grooming.  This appealing package will attract browsers and be a boon to student researchers and their teachers."

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Detailed Book Description

Singing for Equality: Musicians of the Civil Rights Era introduces middle graders to the history of the Civil Rights Movement and explores the vital role that music played in the tumultuous period of American history during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

The heart of the Civil Rights Movement beats in the music and musicians of the times, whose work was both an inspiration and a reflection of the changes happening in America and to its people. Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, and James Brown all epitomized the passion and commitment shown by those involved in the movement, and portrayed the struggles encountered by an entire race of people with gritty beauty and moving calls to action and thought.

Hands-on projects about social justice issues alongside essential questions, links to online resources, and text-to-world connections promote a profound understanding of history and offer opportunities for social-emotional learning.

Try these critical and creative thinking projects!

  • Compare music now to music then
  • Write your own lyrics
  • Deconstruct songs
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619309203
Paperback, $14.95
9781619309234
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 112 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Feel the Beat

Chapter One
Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin’

Chapter Two
Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers
The Gospel of the Civil Rights Movement

Chapter Three
Nina Simone
How Would It Feel to Be Free?

Chapter Four
Sam Cooke
Change Gonna’ Come

Chapter Five
James Brown
Black and Proud

Glossary
Resources
Selected Bibliography
Index