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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 13 to 18.
As part of the "Reform Movements in American History" series, this book takes a look at all the various events that brought about the Civil Rights Movement. The book is a complete and comprehensive look at one of the greatest accomplishments in American History--from explaining the history of slaves in America to describing the unfair discrimination that finally caught national attention and then support for change--including bits and pieces of the Reconstruction Era where many blacks were able to hold political offices until the South created new legislation that took all these newly acquired privileges away again. There are many detailed sidebars scattered throughout the text. These sidebars give further details of many of the various periods and events in the Civil Rights Movement. However, these sidebars along with the lengthy text make reading this book similar to any other high school text book about American History. With few scattered photographs or illustrations, readers will have to wade through a text-heavy, subject-heavy 142 pages before finishing the book. For those specifically looking for an all-inclusive study, this book is a good place to start. Chapter notes, bibliography, and index are included. Reviewer: Joella Peterson