Lizzie Demands a Seat! Elizabeth Jennings Fights For Streetcar Rights

ISBN-10: 1629799394
ISBN-13: 9781629799391
Author: Anderson, Beth
Illustrated by: Lewis, E. B.
Interest Level: 2-5
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press

Publication Date: January 2020

Copyright: 2020

Page Count: 32


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Interest Level

Grades 2-5

Reading Level

Lexile: 570L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.7
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)

Description
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.
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