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Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights

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9781629799391
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In 1854, Elizabeth Lizzie Jennings, an African American schoolteacher, fought back when she was unjustly denied entry to a New York City streetcar, sparking the beginnings of the long struggle to gain equal rights on public transportation.

One hundred years before Rosa Parks took her stand, Elizabeth Lizzie Jennings tried to board a streetcar in New York City on her way to church. Though there were plenty of empty seats, she was denied entry, assaulted, and threatened all because of her race--even though New York was a free state at that time. Lizzie decided to fight back. She told her story, took her case to court--where future president Chester Arthur represented her--and won! Her victory was the first recorded in the fight for equal rights on public transportation, and Lizzie's case set a precedent. Author Beth Anderson and acclaimed illustrator E. B. Lewis bring this inspiring, little-known story to life in this captivating book.

Target Age Group: 07 - 10

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Author:
Beth Anderson
Illustrator:
E. B. Lewis
ISBN-10:
1629799394
Pages:
32
Publisher:
Calkins Creek Books
Publication Date:
January 07, 2020
Binding:
Hardcover