THERE COMES A TIME by Milton Meltzer
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THERE COMES A TIME

The Struggle for Civil Rights
Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

An accessible and vivid outline of the events that led to changes in civil rights in the US from 1940 through 1968. Starting with slavery, Meltzer (Ten Queens, 1998, etc.) traces the unjust attitudes and deeds behind the suffering that a lack of civil rights has meant for far too many people. This background sets the stage for his concise description of the nonviolent movement in the South, which forced change on an unwilling power structure. The writing is engaging and draws the reader in, never losing track of the facts. One of the few books that mentions the Niagara Movement and the razing of the prosperous black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921, the emphasis on the historical continuum assists readers in grasping the ingrained bigotry and injustice and, consequently, the drastic measures required. The emotion is made crystal clear in stirring quotes by the leaders of the times. There is much violence to be reported, and Meltzer neither whitewashes nor belabors it. In a relatively short book, he manages to clearly describe events and convey the passion that energized this nonviolent movement. Black-and-white photographs add a visual side, but most effective is a calendar detailing each separate step toward freedom during this time period. (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-375-80407-2
Page count: 192pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2001




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