Calkins Creek Evicted!
Calkins Creek Evicted!

Evicted!

By Alice Faye Duncan

$18.99

Publication Date: January 11, 2022

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Ages 9 to 12, Grades 4 to 7

This critical civil rights book for middle-graders examines the little-known Tennessee’s Fayette County Tent City Movement in the late 1950s and reveals what is possible when people unite and fight for the right to vote. Powerfully conveyed through interconnected stories and told through the eyes of a child, this book combines poetry, prose, and stunning illustrations to shine light on this forgotten history.

The late 1950s was a turbulent time in Fayette County, Tennessee. Black and White children went to different schools. Jim Crow signs hung high. And while Black hands in Fayette were free to work in the nearby fields as sharecroppers, the same Black hands were barred from casting ballots in public elections.

 

If they dared to vote, they faced threats of violence by the local Ku Klux Klan or White citizens. It wasn’t until Black landowners organized registration drives to help Black citizens vote did change begin—but not without White farmers’ attempts to prevent it. They violently evicted Black sharecroppers off their land, leaving families stranded and forced to live in tents. White shopkeepers blacklisted these families, refusing to sell them groceries, clothes, and other necessities.

 

But the voiceless did finally speak, culminating in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which legally ended voter discrimination. 

 

Perfect for young readers, teachers/librarians, and parents interested in books for kids with themes of:

  •  Activism

  •  Social justice

  •  Civil rights

  •  Black history

 

Story Locale: Takes place in Fayette County, Tennessee.

About the Author

Alice Faye Duncan is the author of multiple children’s books, including MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP, which received a 2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor and HONEY BABY SUGAR CHILD, which received an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Literary Work for Children.

Charly Palmer is a graphic designer and illustrator and has run a successful design studio with a Fortune 500 clientele. Charly is the illustrator of THE TEACHERS MARCH!, which received four starred reviews, and MAMA AFRICA—a children’s book chronicling the life of Miriam Makeba—for which he received the 2018 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award.

Illustrator site: charlypalmer.com

Author Residence: Memphis, Tennessee

Charly Palmer is a graphic designer and illustrator and has run a successful design studio with a Fortune 500 clientele. Charly is the illustrator of THE TEACHERS MARCH!, which received four starred reviews, and MAMA AFRICA--a children's book chronicling the life of Miriam Makeba--for which he received the 2018 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. Illustrator site: charlypalmer.com

Illustrator Residence: Atlanta, Georgia

Format: Hardcover

Length: 64 pages

Publisher: Calkins Creek

Publication Date: January 11, 2022

ISBN: 9781684379798

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