My Country, 'Tis of Thee (Hardcover)
How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805082265, 48pp.
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
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 author and illustrator of Uptown, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. He is also the illustrator of Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, both of which are Caldecott Honor Books. The Chicago Sun-Times has called Collier’s art “breathtakingly beautiful.” Mr. Collier lives with his family in Harlem in New York City.
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 My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights…
“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