Discusses the laws and practices of discrimination against Blacks from Reconstruction until the Supreme Court found segregation illegal.
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Leon Tillage's memoir, Leon's Story (a 1997 Booklist Editors' Choice), and Mildred Taylor's Newbery winner, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976), personalize the Jim Crow experience for young people. Wormser provides an eloquent general history of legalized segregation, from the end of slavery to the start of the 1950s civil rights movement. He writes quietly, without sensationalism, in an immediate present-tense narrative illustrated with occasional black-and-white photos; but the facts and numbers about "separate but equal," together with the many eyewitness accounts of lynch mobs, race riots, massacres, Klan violence, and official exploitation, make for a horrific account of racist brutality. Drawing on oral histories, he conveys what daily life was like for ordinary people: sharecroppers, factory workers, soldiers, children. He details the roles of important leaders who tried to change things, and he traces the growing power of the NAACP. There are no footnotes, even for direct quotes, but the chapter bibliographies will help teens who want to read more about this wrenching history and the roots of the civil rights struggle. Hazel RochmanFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up-This volume traces the struggle against discrimination from Lee's surrender to the end of school segregation. The 14 chapters are enhanced by black-and-white photographs and reproductions and quotes from contemporary individuals who fought prejudice. The events and people included are both familiar (Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Thurgood Marshall) and lesser-known, such as Charlotte Hawkins Brown, who founded a school for black students in North Carolina and fought for voting rights of African-American women. While Wormser's use of the present tense to narrate the past may be disconcerting, it gives a sense of immediacy to this well-organized history of the civil rights movement.
Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL
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Book Description Franklin Watts, 1999. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110531114430