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Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories [Paperback]

By Ellen S. Levine (Author)
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Item description for Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen S. Levine...

Southern blacks who were young and involved in the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s describe their experiences.

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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.
"Thrilling...Nothing short of wonderful."-"The New York Times"
( A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
( A Booklist Editors' Choice

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   167
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2000
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  10-14
ISBN  0698118707  
ISBN13  9780698118706  
UPC  514880007993  

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > 1900s
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > People of Color
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Prejudice & Racism > Nonfiction
4Books > Subjects > Teens > Social Issues > General
5Books > Subjects > Teens > Social Issues

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Powerful  Mar 21, 2007
I think it is a great book for children to read because it shows them that people their age can make a difference in the world. The stories are inspiring.
Amazing Read  May 4, 2004
Many figures and groups of people are marginalized in the study of the Civil Rights Movement. This book is an excellent forum to give voice to the children of the movement. Especially powerful are the stories of students who were among the first to integrate. One student recounts the time when he asked a white friend to sign his senior year book. the white friend wrote "there was a time when I was a bigot and a racist... but knowing you changed me. I now know that people are people, black or white." He ended the entry by saying, "We shall overcome." Annecdotes like these illustrate the profound effect young people had on the movement. This book is a rich resource, and I recommend it to anyone. Though some parts are quite depressing, enough to make you cry, in the end you will feel a respect and appreciation for what "everyday" young people did to contribute to the movement. Essentially, a priceless collection.
heartfelt accounts... children's 'history' of Civil Rights  Feb 2, 1999
Touching and powerfully honest personal accounts of the daily lives of children / youth in the Civil Rights Movement. Children surviving domestic terrorism in a culture of violence, ever hopeful of realizing " all men are created equal". Though it documents 'traumatic' incidents the focus is on courage , hope, and our personal responsibility for making the world a better world. For the children each day, each choice, each action made a profound vote for justice and equality. They are truly activists, and advocates for 'humanity'. Our elementary class uses this book to learn about and portray each person. They often seek to emulate them.The children respectfully honor these young heroes, and find their own 'voice'.
It was a great book!!!!!  Nov 25, 1997
Freedom's Children was a very good book because it involved different interveiws by thirty people so every person's story was different. It is probably one of the best African-American books for children. I really recommend it to people who like true stories and the 50's and 60's. At some points it was depressing, and at some points it was happy.
It is an inspiring story about child activists!  Nov 24, 1997
Freedom's Children is filled with inspiring real life stories of children who lived in the 1950's. It tells about their separate lives and how they fought for Civil Rights. This book describes many aspects of the movement. One part is about the Little Rock Nine. I admire them for having enough courage to attend an all white school. They were made fun of and even physically threatened by fellow students. The book also tells about the bus boycott, Freedom Riders, and all the laws passed to make a better life for African Americans. I enjoyed this book mostly because of how much it taught me and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn

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