Monday, July 25, 2011

Little Rock Girl 1957 by Shelley Tougas - ADVISABLE

Tougas, Shelley Little Rock Girl 1957: How a photograph changed the fight for integration, 60 p. Compass Point, 2011.  $34.  Elizabeth Eckford just wanted a good education, and she was willing to brave ridicule and scorn to get it.  And scorn she received in heaping measure on the day that she first tried to go to class.  Will Counts, a local photographer was able to snap an iconic photo that changed the national dialogue.  This slim book manages to not only give us a history of the push for desegregated schools, but it also delves into personal stories of the photo’s two main subjects – Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan, the white girl who was shouting at her so vociferously.  Students are given a chance to dive into the turmoil of the era and feel as if they were there. Not only should middle schools and high schools have this book, but anyone who teaches photography or photojournalism would love it also. MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library 

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