We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World (Library Binding)

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“We Shall Overcome” isn’t a complicated piece of music. The first verse has only twenty-two words, most of them repeated. The melody is straightforward. The chords are basic. Yet the song has had a profound effect on people throughout the United States—and the world.

In clear, accessible language Stuart Stotts explores the roots of the tune and the lyrics in traditional African music and Christian hymns. He demonstrates the key role “We Shall Overcome” played in the civil rights, labor, and anti-war movements in America. And he traces the song’s transformation into an international anthem. With its dramatic stories and memorable quotes, this saga of a famous piece of music offers a unique way of looking at social history.
Author’s note, bibliography, source notes, index.

About the Author

Terrance Cummings is an award winning illustrator, an art director, and a former teacher at Parsons School of Design. He has illustrated several books and has a studio in New Jersey where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Praise for We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World…

"From the informative black-and-white photographs to the solid back matter to the CD sung by Pete Seeger, it is a complete package."—Booklist

 "A fitting celebration of a song that has helped to create a better world."—Kirkus Reviews

"A thoughtful examination of a song that, as Stotts writes, 'seems to tap into our deepest emotions.'—Publishers Weekly

Product Details ISBN-10: 0547182104
ISBN-13: 9780547182100
Published: Clarion Books, 01/01/2010
Pages: 80
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 8
Maximum Age: 12
Minimum Grade Level: 3rd Grade
Maximum Grade Level: 7th Grade