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Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis

The bustling river city of St. Louis occupies a special place in the long history of African American advocacy for civil rights and equal justice. The city was home to a small but thriving population of free blacks even before the Civil War. It was the location of the first large-scale Emancipation Proclamation—before Lincoln issued its more famous successor. And the city was the site of a number of early, successful civil rights lawsuits, which came to be known as freedom suits.
            Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis tells the stories of the many ordinary men and women who took extraordinary steps to fight for equal rights in St. Louis. Written for upper elementary school readers, the book presents the long arc of the struggle for civil rights, giving young readers a new perspective that goes beyond the iconic Southern scenes of the 1950s and ’60s. Amanda E. Doyle and Melanie A. Adams range across history to tell the whole story, moving from pre-Civil War St. Louis to the events in Ferguson in 2014. The book is packed with inspiring stories, excerpts from primary sources, historic photographs, and modern illustrations that, taken together, make civil rights history relevant to today’s readers.

76 pages | 22 color plates, 13 halftones | 6 x 9

History: American History

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Slavery and “Freedom” in the 1800s
Chapter 2: Missouri’s Battle for Statehood-and Slavery
Chapter 3: Suing for Freedom
Chapter 4: Missouri in the Civil War
Chapter 5: Life after the Civil War
Chapter 6: Moving Through and To St. Louis
Chapter 7: Fighting for Equal Schools
Chapter 8: Fighting for Equal Housing
Chapter 9: Fighting for Equal Work
Chapter 10: Fighting for Equal Entertainment
Chapter 11: What’s Next?
Chapter 12: What Can You Do?
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