Thursday, February 23, 2017

The March Against Fear & Shackles From the Deep (Black History Month Non-fiction Book Reviews)

Many thanks to National Geographic for providing copies of these books in exchange for an honest review.

The March Against Fear by Ann Bausum
Published on January 3, 2017 by National Geographic Society

The March Against Fear highlights the last great walk of the civil rights movement and the emergence of black power. 
Beginning with the story of James Meredith, who fought for his right to attend Ole Miss, which at the time was one of the most revered all-white universities. By the time he graduated from Ole Miss, movement leaders had started the historic march on Washington.
Ann Bausum has put together a harrowing account of the 1966 march from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi. What started as a modest effort grew to a momentous movement, amidst opposition from nearly all sides. 
Full of photos and quotes, The March Against Fear does a wonderful job of emphasizing this age of activism.  

Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of A Sunken Slave Ship, A Bitter Past, and A Rich Legacy by Michael Cottman
Published on January 3, 2017 by National Geographic Society

Shackles From the Deep is a first person account of the author's search for his roots. As a diver and journalist, Cottman investigates the Henrietta Marie, a slave ship that sunk near Key West, off the coast Florida.
This book reads almost like a fiction novel in the way that it sucks you into it's narrative and you feel like you are part of the story. Except that this story is all too real and reminds us of the horrors of slaving and it's incredible impact, even hundreds of years later.
Including color photos of artifacts pulled from the Henrietta Marie shipwreck, this is a fascinating read perfect for any young readers looking to learn more about this subject. 

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