My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights (Hardcover)

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Most of us have sang it or at least part of it. But do you know how the song came about? This longer text filled, amazingly gorgeous illustrated picture book shows how the song has changed and why since it started. History comes alive from George II in the 1740's to now. See how one of Americas most patriotic songs has had many chapters in its life. — Jeanette


More than any other, one song traces America's history of patriotism and protest.

Everyone knows the words to "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." What most don't realize is that this iconic song has been a beacon of change for hundreds of years. Generations of protesters and civil rights pioneers have created new lyrics, beginning in royalist Britain and continuing through conflicts in colonial times, the American Revolution, the suffragist and labor movements, and the struggles for black and Native American civil rights. With spectacular illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Bryan Collier, My Country, 'Tis of Thee offers a fascinating insight into the American fight for freedom.

About the Author

Bryan Collier is the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner of numerous children's books, including Rosa and Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When he's not painting, he spends his time visiting schools and encouraging young artists and readers. Bryan lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

Claire Rudolf Murphy is a long-time history buff who loves to write stories from the viewpoint of outsiders in American history. She is the author of My Country, 'Tis of Thee and has written fifteen award-wining books for young readers. She currently teaches at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children program.

Praise For…

“Murphy revisits pivotal moments - social, political, martial, in which the familiar song was co-opted and re-lyricized as a partisan theme song . . . Will indeed be helpful in connecting readers to songs and recordings.” —BCCB

“An intriguing new take on a beloved patriotic song.” —Booklist

“A familiar patriotic song culminates in a hymn to 'Great God Our King'.” —School Library Journal

“This examination of a well-known piece of music and the activism it inspired makes for a fascinating way to explore history.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780805082265
ISBN-10: 0805082263
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Pages: 48
Language: English