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Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Movement

by James de Medeiros

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Mistakes and omissions mar this erratic "African American History" series volume, which examines key events, people, and legislation contributing to Civil Rights achievements. This book notes how the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and other groups pursued legal enforcement of civil rights despite violent resistance from opponents. This book incorrectly states that Linda Brown was a seventeen-year-old high school student when her father sued the Topeka, Kansas, Board of Education. The text does not refer to Rosa Parks's Highlander Folk School civil rights training or efforts to integrate transportation prior to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Children's participation in Civil Rights marches is discussed but the text only vaguely refers to a Birmingham, Alabama, church being bombed without naming that church and the four girls killed. The accompanying photograph of rubble is not identified. Significant Civil Rights leaders Fred Gray, Joseph Lowery, and E.D. Nixon are not mentioned. This book inaccurately states that 150,000 African Americans lived in Selma in 1965. Actually, that small rural community's population that year was approximately one-fifth that amount, of which blacks represented almost half of the residents. The book provides images, activity ideas, a bibliography, and a glossary, but no source citations. The timeline does not exclusively list Civil Rights events. Consult Diane McWhorter's A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968 (2004) and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (www.bcri.org) instead. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

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Weigl Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Weigl Publishers African-American History Series
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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