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Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World

By Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

SweetheartsofRhythmL.jpg“Every swing tune tells a story without words: The truth of people breathing in unison, the democracy of harmonies and chords. Unique, disparate voices raised as one. In the 1940s, as the world was at war, a remarkable jazz band performed on the American home front. This all-female band found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, providing solace during the hard years of the war. They dared to be an interracial group despite the cruelties of Jim Crow laws, and they dared to assert their talents although they were women in a ‘man’s’ profession. Their story, told in rich, thought-provoking poems and arresting, magnificent images, is the story of our nation -- of our biggest challenges and our inspiring moments of glory.” © 2009 Hard cover

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