The Sound of Freedom Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America


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On Easter Sunday 1939, the brilliant vocalist Marian Anderson sang before a throng of seventy-five thousand at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington—an underappreciated milestone in civil rights history. Though she was at the peak of a dazzling career, Anderson had been barred from performing at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall because she was black. When Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR over the incident and took up Anderson’s cause, however, it became a national issue. Like a female Jackie Robinson—but several years before his breakthrough—Anderson rose to a pressure-filled and politically charged occasion with dignity and courage, and struck a vital blow for civil rights.

In the 1963 March on Washington, Martin Luther King would follow, literally, in Anderson’s footsteps. This tightly focused, richly textured narrative by acclaimed historian Raymond Arsenault captures the struggle for racial equality in 1930s America, the quiet heroism of Marian Anderson, and a moment that inspired blacks and whites alike.

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"A tightly focused look at the political and cultural events that led up to and came after [Anderson's] famous 1939 concert. It’s a story that’s well worth retelling . . . [Arsenault] has done his research."—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Arsenault attempts to revive our interest in Anderson's feat by examining it in the context of a complex and often turbulent racial landscape. And he succeeds handily."—Jabari Asim, Washington Post

"On the 70th anniversary of that groundbreaking concert, The Sound of Freedom reminds readers of a turning point in American life."—Jennifer Baszile, The New York Times Book Review

"A notable addition to the historical record . . . Arsenault's book is a timely reminder of the worm of history turning once more. We have only just witnessed another triumphant procession on the Washington Mall, where another exemplary African-American, himself the product of another David and Delia, was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States—something Anderson would likely have been hard-pressed to imagine taking place."—The Boston Globe
 
"In this moment of change and hope, Raymond Arsenault has given us the perfect book for contemplation and activism. Deeply researched, vividly written, sparkling and dramatic, The Sound of Freedom is more than a biography of Marian Anderson, her struggles and triumphs over time. It is a call to reconsider the enduring legacies of our segregated heritage, our culture of disrespect. From Marian Anderson's Lincoln Memorial concert that awakened the country to the cruelties and deprivations of apartheid America, every stunning detail of this bold and heartening book calls upon us to continue the still incomplete fight for liberty and justice for all."—Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt

"You won't find a richer examination of this event . . . The Sound of Freedom is a book to sing about."—Terri Schlichenmeyer, Houston Style Magazine

"Outstanding . . . provides critical perspective on [Anderson’s] most significant achievement."Ron Wynn, BookPage
 
"This vivid tribute to her work and times does [Anderson's] memory a great service."—Publishers Weekly

"[Arsenault] excels at contextualizing the concert, probing the ways in which Jim Crow laws and racial prejudices permeated all aspects of African-American life."Kirkus Reviews

"This is a perceptive, extremely well-written account of the events that led up to Marian Anderson's Easter Sunday concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Besides examining the civil rights aspects of the event, Arsenault . . . also provides an outstanding account of African Americans and the arts in the early 20th century. For example, he looks at how singers such as Roland Hayes, an early mentor of Anderson, had to suffer many indignities while successfully breaking into the predominately white world of classical music and concert halls. He also celebrates others—e.g., Anderson's manager, Sol Hurok—for their persistence in breaking down the barriers erected against African American artists and sheds new light on Franklin Roosevelt's policies toward African Americans. Despite having to tour under stressful conditions and being barred from the best hotels, Anderson climbed doggedly to the top of the concert circuit. But as Arsenault points out, the fight against segregation in the District of Columbia and by the Daughters of the American Revolution brought wider significance to Anderson's April 9, 1939, triumph at the Lincoln Memorial. Essential [for] all readers."—D. R. Turner, Choice magazine

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Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. His other books include Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, named one of the Best Books of 2006 by the Washington Post and winner of the Owsley Prize for the best work of the year in southern history.

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  • Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. He is the author of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, which was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times and one of the Best Books of 2006 by the Washington Post, and won the 2006 Owsley Prize of the Southern Historical Association as the best work in Southern history.
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