Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings

" Pretty depressing to read this book, one that is supposed to show how horrible things "used to be" on the same weekend that Michael Brown is gunned down for no apparent reason. Still so much further to go. " said.

" This is an excellent account of "Freedom Summer," centering around the murder of the three young civil rights workers in Mississippi. Besides encouraging black Mississippians to vote, the movement also opened Freedom Schools to educate a new generation of children about their history and their rights. There are plenty of photographs to highlight this story. " said.

" Mind boggling. Extraordinarily upsetting. Primary sources and accessibility make this book a good choice - that is, if you can take reading about these atrocities. " said.

" This was a very informative book with plenty of photographs and primary source documents. The text focused more on the events that happened as opposed to The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell which detailed the events, but also detailed the lives of the three civil rights workers: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. A better choice for upper elementary because the text was at an easier reading level. " said.

" I found this book to be a little more difficult to follow than The Freedom Summer Murders. There were way too many people mentioned for young readers to really understand who was who and who did what. It did provide a good overview of the 1964 push to register African Americans in Mississippi. It also clearly showed the danger posed to those engaged with Freedom Summer activities. I think these two books work well together " said.

" Freedom Summer gives a detailed story of the three murders that took place, freedom schools and voter-registration drives that all took place in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. I gave this book 3 stars because while it has good information in it, it is a not a book a student would pick up to read for fun, which is what I was hoping I could use it for. However, I do think this book could be used as a tool for reasearch in the classroom. " said.

" Rubin limns the courage of the college students and of the black civil rights workers who brought voter registration and education to Mississippi. She doesn't do a very good job of providing background for Jim Crow laws and therefore why white Mississippians were so opposed to the project. She also uses "Negro" and variants in the text (not in quotations) without putting the word in context. That makes me very uncomfortable. " said.

"Freedom Summer is about the Council of Federation Organization during the times of the civil rights movement. The Federation was attempting end movements of segregation such as holding African Americans from voting. However, because of this they faced many adversities like hardships from members of the KKK.
I rated this book three stars because I believe that it could have been more interesting overall, personally. My attention was not grabbed during some crucial parts of the books. However, I do think the book had interesting illustrations, so I believe that can keep readers interested.
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