Reviews for Civil Rights Movement


Booklist Reviews 2012 February #1
An opening chapter on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 March on Washington sets the scene for the dramatic struggles and triumphs to come in this entry in the Essential Events series. Following background information on slavery, segregation, and early civil rights leaders, it traces the movement from Rosa Parks' arrest in 1955 to King's death in 1968, including the Little Rock Nine, the Greensboro sit-ins, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and other pivotal events. Although the text emphasizes King's nonviolent and peaceful resistance, a chapter on Black Power introduces Malcolm X and changes in approach. A final chapter looks at the impact of the movement on society today and remaining gaps in equality. Complemented by evocative color and black-and-white photographs, the book also includes sidebars with further information on court cases, individuals, and related actions. A detailed time line, glossary, bibliography, source notes, and additional facts and resources make up the extensive back matter. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
This book chronicles the struggles of African Americans to achieve equality since the abolition of slavery. Key components include laws related to voting, school attendance, access to public buildings and transportation, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. are also discussed. Photographs and sidebars enhance the text but crowd the pages. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind.

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