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Sarah's Long Walk

The Free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed America

Authors: Stephen Kendrick, Paul Kendrick

In 1847, a five-year-old African American girl named Sarah Roberts was forced to walk past five white schools to attend the poor and densely crowded all-black Abiel Smith School on Boston’s Beacon Hill. Incensed that his daughter had been turned away at each white school, her father, Benjamin, sued the city of Boston on her behalf. The historic case that followed set the stage for over a century of struggle, culminating in 1954 with the unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
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Review: Kirkus Reviews - February 1, 2006
"A carefully framed, evocative portrait of the middle-class black community that had been ensconced on Beacon Hill since Revolutionary times . . . New depth in the legacy of Americaís struggle for equal rights.î"
Review by: John Brewer Stewart, Author of Holy Warriors - February 1, 2006
"Supremely gifted historians in every respect, Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick have given us an exceptionally full and compelling account of the antebellum struggle for racial equality in the nation's Birthplace of Liberty.í"
Review: Publishers Weekly - February 1, 2006
"The authors handle the weighty issue of desegregation with skill; this is a book for historians and humanitarians."
Review by: Alicia Young, Washington Post - September 1, 2005
"The authors mined letters, period newspapers, court documents and archives to provide a textured history in which African Americans are central."
Review by: Robert Landers, Christian Science Monitor - September 1, 2005
"Engaging . . . fascinating . . . [the Kendricks] deserve praise for unearthing buried lives."

Sarah's Long Walk

ISBN: 978-080705019-4
Publication Date: 2/1/2006
Pages: 328
Size:6 x 9 Inches (US)
Price:  $26.00
Format: Paperback
Availability: In stock.