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Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories ILL Edition
Contributor(s): Levine, Ellen
ISBN: 0698118707     ISBN-13: 9780698118706
Publisher: Puffin
    OUR PRICE: $7.19  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: December 2000
Annotation: Thirty African-Americans who were children during the 1950s and 1960s tell their true stories of what it was like for them to fight segregation in the South. A "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; Civil rights; Juvenile literature.
Civil rights movements; United States; History; 20th century; Juvenile literature.
African Americans; Interviews; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 973/.0496073
LCCN: BL 00018063
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (0.60 lbs) 167 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 8468
Reading Level: 6.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
In this inspiring collection of true stories, thirty African-Americans who were children or teenagers in the 1950s and 1960s talk about what it was like for them to fight segregation in the South -- to sit in an all-white restaurant and demand to be served, to refuse to give up a seat at the front of the bus, to be among the first to integrate the public schools, and to face violence, arrest, and even death for the cause of freedom.

Contributor Bio(s): IV>Ellen S. Levine is a web producer, writer, editor, and consultant in marketing and publicity.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1992 December #1)
The names of those whose voices are heard in these pages are not recorded in textbooks, yet their childhoods in Alabama, Mississippi or Arkansas were marked by acts of extraordinary courage that collectively altered the course of American history. They were among the participants, and in some cases the leaders, of numerous civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, many of which had violent, tragic outcomes. These individuals, whom Levine doggedly tracked down, were some of the first black young people to attend formerly all-white schools; to participate in sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in stores; to become Freedom Riders, protesting illegal segregation on interstate buses; and to wage the arduous, bloody fight to secure voting rights for blacks. Chronicling all of these campaigns--as well as shocking incidents of senseless beatings, unjust jailings and murders--these first-person accounts are articulate and affecting. Representative are the words of Gladis Williams, repeatedly arrested for taking part in protests during her high school years in Montgomery: ``So far as having fear, we didn't even know what fear was. We just had our minds set on freedom, and that was it.'' Ages 11-up. (Jan.) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.