Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich

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University of Alaska Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author
Annie Boochever grew up in Juneau, where she became a teacher and playwright. She is the cofounder of the Alaska Children's Theater. Boochever is also the author of Bristol Bay Summer. She lives in Bellingham, Washington. Roy Peratrovich Jr. is a Tlingit from southeastern Alaska, where his parents were well-known Alaska Native civil rights leaders.
"With a rousing speech to the Alaskan Territorial Legislature in 1945, Elizabeth Peratrovich became a Tlingit hero, inspiring the passage of an anti-discrimination bill. In straightforward prose enhanced by photographs, Boochever outlines the history of Peratrovich's fight for equality in Alaska at a time when harsh discrimination affected every area of Native peoples' lives."-- "Kirkus"
"I highly recommend Fighter in Velvet Gloves. Some readers will be uncomfortable to read about the racism directed at Alaska Native people. Accounts like these mess with the idea that this country is exceptional, that it is (or was) 'great.' These accounts have received very little attention in children's or young adult literature--but they're very important. Change is possible, but only when problems are identified and made visible."--Debbie Reese "American Indians in Children's Literature"
Best Books of 2019--Winner "American Indians in Children's Literature"
Alaska representative--53 Great Reads About Great Places "National Book Festival's Parade of the States"
"An important contribution. . . . This is a book that should be placed in the required curriculum of all Alaska schoolchildren. More importantly, it's one that should be read by adults. Anyone who peruses online comments on Alaska news sites or who follows state news stories knows that racism is still being directed towards Alaska Natives. The problem persists and Elizabeth Peratrovich's work remains incomplete. It's up to us to continue the job. Fighter in Velvet Gloves explains why."-- "Anchorage Daily News"
2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People-- "National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council"
2020 Feminist Book Project List-- "Rise"