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Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-03 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0062673602
LANGUAGE:English

" Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss. " said.

" Impeccably researched and written. But what else would you expect from this author? " said.

" I found the subject of this book fascinating, but the writing style was so very dry and clinical. I think younger readers would not be willing to plow through a book that reads so much like a textbook. " said.

" Excellent Excellent! I highly recommend this book to everyone regardless of age. Very good account of Elizabeth Jennings and her stand against segregated transit in NYC 100 years before Rosa Parks. " said.

" I'm glad to learn about Elizabeth Jennings and her lawsuit against the New York streetcar company that forcibly and violently cast her off of a streetcar in 1854. Sadly, the writing is dry and the story of her experience is overwhelmed by related historical information. I don't know if kids will pick this up. " said.

"I appreciate learning more about historical figures lost to time. I give credit that I'm reading an uncorrected proof, so the grammatical errors and blank captions are understandable. But I'm baffled by the dry writing, wasted space, and the 38 pages at the end that are either bibliography or completely blank. This is meant for children, but they will be really bored. The historical facts could have been worked into the narrative to make it more engaging and less choppy. It reads like a book report of a textbook. I would want more for my students and children." said.

"This was an informative, middle grades novel reflective of the hardships faced by African-American individuals while segregation was still quite prevalent in the United States. There were a number of facts, statistics, and citations that allowed the author to seem credible and reliable. Though it wasn't my favorite book (more so because non-fiction and middle grades are not my genres of choice), I think this would be a very informative and educational book for the appropriate age range, especially for those who enjoy historical facts. " said.

"I received this through Edelweiss.

This tells the story of basically unknown Elizabeth Jennings, an African American women, who challenged unfair laws in the late 1800s. When Jennings was violently forced off of a streetcar for being African American, she fought back legally, in hopes of changing the law and fighting for equality. This early equality fighter challenged her time and even though she slipped through the public's knowledge, her actions helped those that came after her.

I think this was an interesting historical figure and I am glad she has been brought to light. Most of this novel felt like it was written for adults/educators, instead of being written for children. I am glad this book exists, but it was rather dry.
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