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Amy Hill Hearth

Biography

Amy Hill Hearth

Amy Hill Hearth (pronounced HARTH) is a Peabody Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. Her topics include women's history, forgotten stories and elder wisdom. Her tenth book, STREETCAR TO JUSTICE: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York, will be published in January 2018 by Greenwillow/HarperCollins. A little-known benchmark in the struggle for equality in the United States, STREETCAR TO JUSTICE is a true story suitable for middle-grade to adult readers. Ms. Hearth's earlier books include HAVING OUR SAY: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years, a New York Times bestseller for more than two years that was adapted for Broadway and for an award-winning film. HAVING OUR SAY, called a classic oral history by Newsweek magazine, is the story of two centenarian sisters whose father was born into slavery. Hearth's other nonfiction books include the story of a pair of married Holocaust survivors who masqueraded as Christians and worked for the Underground during World War II, and a rare oral history of a female Native American elder whose name was "Strong Medicine." Ms. Hearth is also the author of two historical novels published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster: MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE COLLIER COUNTY WOMEN'S LITERARY SOCIETY (2012) and MISS DREAMSVILLE AND THE LOST HEIRESS OF COLLIER COUNTY (2015). The novels explore the tensions of life in a small, sleepy town in Florida in the early 1960s.

Amy Hill Hearth

Books by Amy Hill Hearth

by Amy Hill Hearth - African American Interest, Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues

On her way to church one day in July 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was refused a seat on a streetcar. When she took her seat anyway, she was bodily removed by the conductor and a nearby police officer and returned home bruised and injured. With the support of her family, the African American abolitionist community of New York, and Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Jennings took her case to court. Represented by a young lawyer named Chester A. Arthur (a future president of the United States) she was victorious, marking a major victory in the fight to desegregate New York City’s public transportation.