We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World [With CD (Audio)] (Hardcover)

By Stuart Stotts, Terrance Cummings (Illustrator), Pete Seeger (Foreword by)
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Description


“We Shall Overcome” isn’t a complicated piece of music. The first verse has only twenty-two words, most of them repeated. The melody is straightforward. The chords are basic. Yet the song has had a profound effect on people throughout the United States—and the world.
 

In clear, accessible language Stuart Stotts explores the roots of the tune and the lyrics in traditional African music and Christian hymns. He demonstrates the key role “We Shall Overcome” played in the civil rights, labor, and anti-war movements in America. And he traces the song’s transformation into an international anthem. With its dramatic stories and memorable quotes, this saga of a famous piece of music offers a unique way of looking at social history.
Author’s note, bibliography, source notes, index.

About the Author


Stuart Stotts is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, and author. He performs regularly throughout the Midwest and is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops for teachers, parents, and librarians. This is his Clarion Books debut; his three previous books focus on Wisconsin lore and history. He and his family live just outside Madison, Wisconsin.



Stuart Stotts is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, and author. He performs regularly throughout the Midwest and is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops for teachers, parents, and librarians. This is his Clarion Books debut; his three previous books focus on Wisconsin lore and history. He and his family live just outside Madison, Wisconsin.



Michael Posluns has been writing about First Nations concerns since 1970. In 1973, he co-authored "The Fourth World: An Indian Reality" with George Manuel. He produced radio documentaries on the Long House Confederacy while working as an assistant editor of "Akwesasne Notes". In 1983, he co-authored "The First Nations and the Crown: A Study of a Trust Relationship" for the House of Commons Special Committee on Indian Self-Government. In 1986, he wrote "A Practical Guide to Indian Ontario", a portrait of traditional family life in three First nations cultures. In 1990, he edited "Songs for the People: Teachings on the Natural Way.", the writings of Art Solomon a Nishnawbe elder.

Praise For…


"From the informative black-and-white photographs to the solid back matter to the CD sung by Pete Seeger, it is a complete package."—Booklist

 "A fitting celebration of a song that has helped to create a better world."—Kirkus Reviews

"A thoughtful examination of a song that, as Stotts writes, 'seems to tap into our deepest emotions.'—Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780547182100
ISBN-10: 0547182104
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: January 18th, 2010
Pages: 72
Language: English