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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (366 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Freedman Narrator: Sharon Washington Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, The Voice That Challenged a Nation is an inspiring biography. In the 1930s, black singer Marian Anderson was not allowed to perform at Constitution Hall. But with help from Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson staged an amazing concert at the Lincoln Memorial and became an activist for civil rights. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/8/2014

    " This is a truly great book. It uses Marian Anderson's stunning 1939 performance at the Lincoln Memorial as a launching point to help explain the segregation faced by performers of the time as well as Anderson's own part in the history of the times. Having performed in various cities in Europe as well as the White House before being denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall because of her color by the DAR, Anderson is shown in front of 75,000 people who came to enjoy the voice that Arturo Toscannini said "is heard once in a hundred years." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 2/1/2014

    " Great biography of an amazing singer. It does a good job of making the story come alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/27/2014

    " This is a biography of the life and career of Marian Anderson, a black singer during the civil rights movement. An enjoyable, easy read with many wonderful photographs. After reading about Marian I want to listen to some of her recordings. The title of the book is confusing though because Marian's goal in life was to sing - it is all she wanted to do. She became drawn in to the fight for civil rights when she was banned from singing at Constitution Hall. The book did not give me a vision of her as a leader for change, but certainly she was a proponent for change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Mika | 1/20/2014

    " Marion Anderson was a natural singer from a very early age. She grew up singing in her church and was respected and admired. The members of her church came to her rescue many times with monetary offerings to help her have the music lessons she needed. With her father dying from an accident when Marion was twelve years old, Marion left school when she graduated from the eighth grade. She experience prejudice at many of her appearances but was given the chance to sing at the Lincoln Memorial to 75,000 after being denied the opportunity to sing in Constitution Hall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie Beck | 1/18/2014

    " A biography of singer Marian Anderson focusing on her challenge of segregation in 1939. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Sigg | 1/9/2014

    " If you have never heard of Marian Anderson then read this book! The reader will learn about Marian Anderson's life and her contribution to the civil rights movement. You will find her story uplifting and inspiring. I think any reader could benefit from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/18/2013

    " This book made me so grateful that I didn't have to live through those most difficult times of the Jim Crow laws and the Civil Rights movement. A truly inspirational story of courage and committment to human dignity. Wait a minute, maybe I am still living through those times . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 12/4/2013

    " An interesting and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/23/2013

    " This Newbery Honor was a great introduction for young people on the great Marian Anderson. It was well-written and had great photographs. The author was not heavy-handed in portraying the degradation of segregation and racism in the United States during her lifetime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellee | 11/3/2013

    " A wonderful introduction to an amazing woman! Lots of photos and reproductions of concert programs and newspaper articles, but a text rich enough to be appropriate for grades 4+. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 11/2/2013

    " This is another great book by Russell Freedman. Through photographs and interesting text, this book traces the challenges faced by Marian Anderson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 5/5/2013

    " A great book about the life of this remarkable woman. Russell Freedman does such a good job documenting facts in an objective way. The pictures are illuminating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/18/2013

    " The Marian Anderson story with lots of photos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/28/2012

    " I loved this book! I am not usually a non-fiction fan but I really enjoyed it, and I devoured this book in three days! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 1/1/2012

    " She led a very interesting life-- wish I could have heard her in concert. The book is well deserving of the Newbery honor book award it received. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suz | 7/27/2011

    " I love Russell Freedman's biographies and historical studies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 4/30/2011

    " I found this book very interesting, and it would be a great book to read when studying equal rights in the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 4/6/2011

    " Kids should find that this book's perspective, looking specifically at the lives of kids growing up during the Great Depression, makes the story of that particular time period a lot more pertinent to what they experience, & therefore a lot more real. The photographs are absolutely fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 3/17/2011

    " i thought it was good how the history of the children was put into the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/19/2011

    " Informational books have come a long way since I was a kid. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyse | 11/30/2010

    " If you are talking about the Great Depression in social studies, this book will be perfect. This book talks about the experiences of young children living through the Great Depression. Perfect for helping your students relate to that time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kgilpatrick | 6/30/2010

    " Great book for middle school students interested in the Great Depression! I read the book cover to cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pitta | 6/20/2010

    " Excellent book with great illustrations. One of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/3/2009

    " Russell Freedman is well-known and respected for his children's nonfiction books. This is a fantastic look at children's lives during the Great Depression. Harrowing. Children's nonfiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirby | 6/3/2009

    " Russell Freedman is a master at bringing history to life on the page. I loved the snippets of real kids' stories -- so evocative that they made me want more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 5/12/2009

    " Great way for children to learn about history, hearing about the kids’ side of the story. Much more relatable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 10/25/2008

    " The photos and histories in this book were well done. A simple, and moving depiction of children in the great depression "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 9/6/2008

    " Russell Freedman is the best. He manages to give such a rounded view of whatever he's telling us about. "

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About the Author
Author Russell Freedman

Russell Freedman is the distinguished recipient of the Newbery Medal, several Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award for his body of work. His many nonfiction titles include The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights and Children of the Great Depression. He travels widely to research his books but he makes his home in New York City.

About the Narrator

Sharon Washington is a critically acclaimed actress, whose performances have been called “sensational…a breakout…ferociously funny” by the New York Times. Notable theater credits include “The Lady” in the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys; Lady Anne, alongside Denzel Washington, in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III; and Valeria, alongside Christopher Walken, in Coriolanus. She is a graduate of Darmouth College and received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.