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Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration (Captured History) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-25 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:0756544408
LANGUAGE:English

"Shelley Tougas has used a photograph that exemplifies the emotional intensity of the civil rights movement and built a book around it. Will Counts’ photo of Hazel Bryan sneering at 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford on September 4, 1957 shows both hatred and serenity, although Elizabeth’s dark glasses could be hiding fear. The Little Rock Nine were to have met up at a girl’s home before trying to integrate Little Rock High School on that day but Elizabeth did not get that message so showed up alone. The story of that day is chronicled as are events of the civil rights movement both before and afterwards. A timeline and bibliography are included. My only complaint is that Counts’ photo is used once on the front cover and in two other places in the 64-page book; a photo of the same event, taken at nearly the same time by another photographer, shows Arkansas National Guard members at the back of the crowd. A solid addition to elementary and middle school libraries." said.

" We are 60 years removed from the actions in this book but it seems that we are no where near to being relieved of the horrible incidents of racial violence. This book is a good reminder to those who care to stay vigilant against racism. " said.

" I find the picture of Elizabeth, one of the Little Rock 9, and Hazel fascinating. This book was an enlightening read, which provided me with many details behind the scenes of Brown vs. Board of Education ruling and what was happening in the South. This is great background information as we read and study more about the Little Rock 9 and the Civil Rights Movement. " said.

" After reading Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, I had to read The Little Rock Girl 1957. The book is not too long and included captioned photographs on every page of the events during the conflict. The book also includes information about the current lives of the Little Rock 9 as well as some of the reporters and the segregationists. The pictures alone are worth the reading but the text is so informative as well. Must read for every one. " said.

"Nonfiction children's book about The Little Rock Nine and the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in the late 1950s. While the famous photograph of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan is discussed, the book goes into much more biographical information of all the Little Rock Nine. Specific events and media coverage of the time period are also included. There is a timeline in the back of the book, and many relevant photographs sprinkled throughout the text. This book provides a quick but fairly comprehensive introduction to this important topic. Excellent contribution to any Civil Rights curriculum, but interesting enough to be read on its own as well.
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"Shelley Tougas has used a photograph that exemplifies the emotional intensity of the civil rights movement and built a book around it. Will Counts’ photo of Hazel Bryan sneering at 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford on September 4, 1957 shows both hatred and serenity, although Elizabeth’s dark glasses could be hiding fear. The Little Rock Nine were to have met up at a girl’s home before trying to integrate Little Rock High School on that day but Elizabeth did not get that message so showed up alone. The story of that day is chronicled as are events of the civil rights movement both before and afterwards. A timeline and bibliography are included. My only complaint is that Counts’ photo is used once on the front cover and in two other places in the 64-page book; a photo of the same event, taken at nearly the same time by another photographer, shows Arkansas National Guard members at the back of the crowd. A solid addition to elementary and middle school libraries." said.

" We are 60 years removed from the actions in this book but it seems that we are no where near to being relieved of the horrible incidents of racial violence. This book is a good reminder to those who care to stay vigilant against racism. " said.

" I find the picture of Elizabeth, one of the Little Rock 9, and Hazel fascinating. This book was an enlightening read, which provided me with many details behind the scenes of Brown vs. Board of Education ruling and what was happening in the South. This is great background information as we read and study more about the Little Rock 9 and the Civil Rights Movement. " said.

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