The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

ISBN: 061831556X
ISBN 13: 9780618315567
By: Dennis Brindell Fradin Judith Bloom Fradin

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About this book

The life of civil rights leader Daisy Bates is vividly detailed in this stirring new biography by an acclaimed husband-wife team. Throughout her life, Daisy Bates worked tirelessly for civil rights as an activist, journalist, and organizer. She first captured national attention as the mentor of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. During this crisis President Dwight Eisenhower was forced to use federal troops to insure the admission of the students, who became known as the Little Rock Nine. In 1999, just hours after her funeral, President Bill Clinton bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal on the Little Rock Nine, and two years later Daisy Bates was honored by a state holiday in Arkansas.In this noteworthy companion to their other distinguished biographies of African Americans, Dennis and Judith Fradin have drawn upon a trove of archival material including papers, correspondence, and photographs of her life and work. They also interviewed some of her living relatives and members of the Little Rock Nine. The result is a compelling, inspiring book about the courage and determination of one woman in the face of prejudice and intolerance. Endnotes, bibliography, index.

Reader's Thoughts


Very informative. Lots of helpful pictures indicating the time period and showing the main people/places that the book mentions. I think my favorite Fradin biography so far is the Zora Neale Hurston one though. This book really brings the situation of civil rights/school integration to the level that a child could understand without talking down to them. I would have different cover art because this cover doesn't scream "read me."


Read this one a long time ago.


Book is powerful, it is painfully brutal at times and depressing, but it does contain hope. Harsh reality of racial murders and harrassments of the time are not glossed over. Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine are presented in a balanced way that clearly explores the reality of their situations. Excellent photos and primary sources materials. Can make someone ashamed and proud of America at the same time.

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