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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-23 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings
ISBN:0823435571
LANGUAGE:English

" 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.
" said.

"Filled with b&w photos, maps, and drawings done by a Freedom Summer volunteer, this history of that landmark effort also has an engaging text. There is a wealth of quotations from participants that fill out the narrative, which describes chronologically the effort to register African-American voters and to assist in other social causes including literacy. A large part of the story deals with the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner. It has a strong "you are there" feeling to the book, and would pair well with the PBS documentary on Freedom Summer." said.

"One of a number of outstanding recent narrative nonfiction titles on the Civil Rights battles of the 1960s. This one focuses on the effort to get African Americans living in Mississippi registered to vote. At the center of the effort is the story of three young men--one African American and two Whites, whose disappearance (and brutal murder) early in the summer created a climate of fear among those volunteering. The achievement of this book is that it shows the hope, courage, and determination that rose out of that fear." said.

"This is an interesting look at the Civil Rights workers in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964. The deaths of 3 of the workers sparked a national outrage and shed much light on the plight of the African Americans who lived under strict Jim Crow laws of the day. This volume is text and note heavy. It would be a great resource for Middle and High School students doing reports on the subject. Original photographs, drawings by the participants, documents and maps round out this informative book. For ages 12 - 18." said.

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