Freedom's Children by Ellen S. Levine

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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

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( A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
( A Booklist Editors' Choice
 

About Ellen S. Levine

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Ellen Levine was born in New York City on March 9, 1939. She received a master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a law degree from New York University School of Law. She was an attorney for a public-interest law group, a documentary filmmaker, and taught courses in writing for children and young adults in Vermont College's MFA program. She wrote numerous books for children and young adults during her lifetime including Darkness Over Denmark, I Hate English, Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Stories, Rachel Carson: A Twentieth-Century Life, and Henry's Freedom Box. She died from lung cancer on May 26, 2012 at the age of 73.
 
Published December 1, 2000 by Putnam Juvenile. 192 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Prefacing each section with historical background, Levine skillfully selects accounts to portray the period, the particular circumstances, the people involved, the brutality and intransigence of the whites, the powerful sense of brotherhood, community, and self-worth that the Movement engendered ...

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In the winter and early spring of 1965, Alabama schoolchildren and teen­agers by the hundreds played a significant role in one of the civil rights movement’s pivotal victories: the march on Montgomery that crystallized Congressional support for voters’ rights legislation.

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