SPEAKING OUT by Kevin Supples


The Civil Rights Movement 1950-1964
Age Range: 8 - 12
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Part of the new Crossroads America nonfiction series, this volume is a good introduction to the Civil Rights movement. Supples describes many of the essential people, places and events in brief sections: Thurgood Marshall, Brown v. Board of Education, the Little Rock Nine, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, the sit-ins and more. The entries are simply summaries, mini-reports useful to young readers in their own report writing, and are sometimes superficial. The entry on Rosa Parks, for instance, repeats the legend that “she was tired,” having been on her feet all day, when, in fact, she was a committed activist, tired of living in a racist society. Still, this is a clearly written, attractive introduction, full of classic photographs and important quotations. A good starting point. Diane McWhorter’s A Dream of Freedom (2004) can take young readers further. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Dec. 27th, 2005
ISBN: 0-7922-8279-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: National Geographic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2005