The March on Washington Analysis
Haskins wrote The March on Washington in the belief that it would be an important work for young adults and children of the 1990’s. Books written about events in black history allow young adults of every race to gain an understanding of what African Americans have accomplished in the past two hundred years and of the price that they had to pay to gain what they rightly deserved. Haskins writes about the violent events and loss of life that Americans, both black and white, endured while striving for racial equality. The sacrifices were made by people who believed vehemently in a cause for which they were willing to die, and many of them did.
Haskins’ book is written in a narrative style that keeps his readers’ attention and helps maintain their focus. The information is accurately conveyed in a clear and concise manner using a tone that models the calm, nonviolent attitude of the march. The author’s voice can be heard, but that voice in no way detracts from the content or colors the information conveyed. The black-and-white photographs are clear and appropriately placed throughout the book; they add to the content and illustrate the author’s words. The photographs of the black and white leaders show readers the united front presented to America for the success of this event.
The book includes a chronology of important dates in civil rights history, beginning in 1909 with the founding of the NAACP by W. E. B. Du Bois and ending in 1990 when Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first black governor. Haskins also offers a well-researched bibliography and a comprehensive index. All of these features make the book a valuable resource and a complement to other books on this subject.
The excerpts from the speeches given on the day of the march help the reader develop a sense of the respectful atmosphere that was present at the Lincoln Memorial....
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