Don't Know Much About Rosa Parks

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9780060288198: Don't Know Much About Rosa Parks

  • Did young Rosa always follow the rules?
  • Why did she join the NAACP in 1943?
  • How did Rosa Parks get around Montgomery during the bus boycott?

After Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person, she became known as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. But long before her arrest, she knew that the laws separating blacks from whites were wrong. Learn how her family encouraged her to stick up for herself. Read about her active role in the NAACP. Discover how she persevered for Civil Rights during the trying Montgomery bus boycott and the difficult years that followed.

With great sensitivity, best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis describes Rosa Parks's decisive courage and the hardships she endured. Noteworthy photographs and dramatic black-and-white illustrations by Sergio Martinez capture the turbulent emotions of the Civil Rights era.

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Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nation Rising; America's Hidden History; and Don't Know Much About® History, which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About® series for adults and children. A resident of New York City and Dorset, Vermont, Davis frequently appears on national television and radio and has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He blogs regularly at

Sergio Martinez was born and lives in Mexico City. He illustrated Weapons & Warfare by Milton Meltzer. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world.

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Gr. 4-7. "The only tired I was, was tired of giving in." Far from the myth of the naive little seamstress, this biography shows Parks as a longtime human rights activist whose refusal to give up her seat on the bus in 1955 grew from her many years of political work. Part of the Don't Know Much About series, this conveys history in a question-and-answer format. The accessible text and design invite discussion among readers (including some older than the target audience). Plenty of questions ("Why did Rosa Parks join the NAACP in 1943?" "Who were the Scottsboro Boys?") and clear, detailed answers; dramatic sidebars; quotes; and news photos and sketches clarify the history of the civil rights struggle and introduce people who made a difference. A bibliography and a chronology are included, but there are only a few documented sources. Several other books in the same series, including one on Thomas Jefferson, are now also available. Hazel Rochman
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Kenneth C. Davis, Sergio Martinez (Illustrator)
Published by HarperCollins (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060288191 ISBN 13: 9780060288198
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2005. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060288191

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