Round and Round Together

Taking a Merry-Go-Round Ride Into the Civil Rights Movement

By Amy Nathan
(Paul Dry Books, Paperback, 9781589880719, 250pp.)

Publication Date: December 2011

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"A snapshot of the civil-rights movement in one city provides insight into the important role of individual communities as change moved through the country...a case study of how citizens of one city both precipitated and responded to the whirlwind of social change around them."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"A profoundly moving tribute to the intrepid unsung heroes who risked their lives to help bring an end to Baltimore's Jim Crow Era."--Kam Williams, syndicated columnist

On August 28, 1963--the day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech--segregation ended finally at Baltimore's Gwynn Oak Amusement Park, after nearly a decade of bitter protests. Eleven-month-old Sharon Langley was the first African American child to go on a ride there that day, taking a spin on the park's merry-go-round, which since 1981 has been located on the National Mall in front of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. "Round and Round Together" weaves the story of the struggle to integrate that Baltimore amusement park into the story of the civil rights movement as a whole.

"Round and Round Together" is illustrated with archival photos from newspapers and other sources, as well as personal photos from family albums of individuals interviewed for the book. There is a timeline of major Civil Rights events.

"Amy Nathan's book deftly describes the courageous struggle by blacks and whites to end discrimination in the park, the city, and the nation. Readers will walk away with a clearer understanding of segregation and the valiant Americans who fought against this injustice."--Debra Newman Ham, Professor of History, Morgan State University

""Round and Round Together" tells the inspiring story of how a generation of college and high school students provided the energy and enthusiasm that ended racial segregation in Baltimore's Gwynn Oak Amusement Park and changed the direction of Maryland's history."--James Henretta, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

"With clarity and passion, Amy Nathan portrays the struggle of everyday citizens to end racial segregation in Baltimore. This compelling history, for and about young people, is simple but profound like freedom itself."--Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the trilogy "America in the King Years"

Amy Nathan is an award-winning author of several books for young people, including "The Young Musician's Survival Guide," "Count on Us: American Women in the Military," "Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II," "Meet the Musicians," and "Surviving Homework." She grew up in Baltimore and went to Western High School.




About the Author
Amy Nathan is the award-winning author of several books for young people, including "Meet the Musicians, The Young Musician's Survival Guide, "and "Yankee Doodle Gals". She lives in upstate New York.
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