Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America

S. & S./Beach Lane. Feb. 2020. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534439580.
K-Gr 2–This introduction to the history of voting rights in the United States includes a catchy and powerful refrain: “A right isn’t right/Till it’s granted to all.” Charming mixed-media illustrations convey the slow but steady forward momentum of progress. Double-page spreads depict increasingly large crowds of people fighting for equal rights over the years. Back matter provides further understanding of amendments, legislation, and the many leaders who played essential roles in the long struggle to grant full and safe participation in our elections to people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. While the rhyming text makes the story suitable and very appealing for young readers, words like abolition, suffrage, franchise, and enslavement may require adult explanations.
VERDICT A useful presentation of an important topic that will be a valuable curriculum resource and also encourage parent-child conversation.

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