Reviews for Little Rock : The Desegregation of Central High


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995
Both books recount and explain landmark events that occured because of the biased educational systems that existed in the South -- events that were to have important repercussions for American society. The relevant political, racial, and religious concerns are carefully explained, and such colorful figures as Clarence Darrow and Orval Faubus are characterized fairly. Plentiful black-and-white photographs taken from contemporary news sources show history in the making. Bib., ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 1994 July
~ Another in the Spotlight on American History series, Little Rock is an excellent and stirring account of the desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School in the late 1950s. O'Neill renders vivid and dramatic the stories of the nine black students selected as part of the integration project; young readers can admire their heroism while empathizing with their struggles. Photos that are poignant (like that of little Linda Brown standing with her coat open and arms clasped behind her back) or disturbing (white students taunting a black one; an angry mob outside the school brutally kicking a black journalist) add to the value of this first-rate book. O'Neill's dramatic presentation underscores the price of racism while illuminating a noteworthy historical event. Chronology; sources; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 9- 11) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1994 October
Gr 4-8-A powerful account of a year in the life of the group of nine brave African-American teenagers who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. O'Neill's well-written narrative documents human nature at its best and worst. Readers will see how Governor Orval Faubus played upon the fears of racists and segregationists to further his political career and witness the cruel abuse and harassment heaped upon these young people as the author brings their ordeal to life. Black-and-white photographs show the rage of the segregationist protestors and the stoic grace and strength of the Little Rock Nine. The book ends with a follow-up on their lives and a description of the state of the city's public schools today. A list of sources includes contemporary histories, periodicals, reference books, and interviews with participants. Older readers will find Elizabeth Huckaby's Crisis at Central High (Louisianna State University, 1980; o.p.) to be an excellent inside look at these events from the point of view of an assistant principal.-Eunice Weech, M.L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

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