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Free at Last : History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in Struggle - Sara Bullard

Free at Last

History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in Struggle

Hardcover Published: 20th May 1993
ISBN: 9780195083811
Number Of Pages: 112
For Ages: 11 - 17 years old

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The story of the modern civil rights movement is one of the most powerful and significant of 20th century American experience. Now Free at Last brings those turbulent years of struggle to life. It begins with an illustrated history of slavery and moves through the Civil War to the modern era and the ongoing fight for tolerance and equality.
This alone is powerful history, but it is the second section of the book that makes the events real and personal for the reader. Forty short biographies tell the story of someone who lost his or her life in the struggle for equality. Emmet Louis Till spoke to a white woman one day and was dead the next because "he thought he was as good as a white man." Addie Mae Collins was one of the young people killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Her death made the pain of racism apparent even to whites who would never experience it themselves.
These and other life stories anger and break out hearts, but they also inspire us and offer a stirring call to build upon the legacy left by the brave men, women, boys, and girls--black, white, young, or old--profiled here. As Julian Bond says in the introduction, "Wherever people face difficult problems--in their neighborhoods or across the nation--they can look at what happened in the southern United States three decades ago and promise that they too will overcome." Free at Last is both a tribute and a lesson well remembered.

"A sympathetic account that brings these martyrs vividly to life.... Individual accounts of 40 people who lost their lives in the cause. Some were well-known (Evers; Chaney; Goodman and Schwerner), some not...some were activists, some bystanders; some white, but most African-American. Each lucid account, generously illustrated with black and white photos, describes the person's life and relationship to the movement with just the right amount of detail to sustain interest. An excellent photodocumentary resource."--Kirkus Reviews "A moving documentation of key events and lives that contributed to the civil rights movement, Free at Last is chock full of information despite its deceptively simple and inviting presentation.... A must purchase."--VOYA "The publication of Free at Last is especially important to today's teachers, librarians, and parents."--National Black Review "Filled with photographs that strike a chord even in those too young to remember the events...[and] add a personal touch that brings history alive."--The Reading Teacher "A sympathetic account that brings these martyrs vividly to life.... Individual accounts of 40 people who lost their lives in the cause. Some were well-known (Evers; Chaney; Goodman and Schwerner), some not...some were activists, some bystanders; some white, but most African-American. Each lucid account, generously illustrated with black and white photos, describes the person's life and relationship to the movement with just the right amount of detail to sustain interest. An excellent photodocumentary resource."--Kirkus Reviews "A moving documentation of key events and lives that contributed to the civil rights movement, Free at Last is chock full of information despite its deceptively simple and inviting presentation.... A must purchase."--VOYA "The publication of Free at Last is especially important to today's teachers, librarians, and parents."--National Black Review "Filled with photographs that strike a chord even in those too young to remember the events...[and] add a personal touch that brings history alive."--The Reading Teacher

ISBN: 9780195083811
ISBN-10: 0195083814
Audience: General
For Ages: 11 - 17 years old
For Grades: 6 - 12
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 20th May 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 22.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.6