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

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-11 
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.

"100 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, Elizabeth Jennings basically did the same thing on a streetcar in New York City. Yet few people have heard about her story and the court case that won black people the right to ride integrated street cars. An important piece of history for sure, well told and appears to be thoroughly researched. Lots of archival newspapers clippings and interesting tidbits about how the author found out about the story and followed through about various things." 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.

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