FREE AT LAST by Sara Bullard


A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle
Age Range: 10 & up
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 From the director of education at the Southern Poverty Law Center, this book's original publisher (1989), a sympathetic account that brings these martyrs vividly to life. After some background on black history, Bullard concentrates on the period between the 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing school segregation and King's assassination in 1968, including individual accounts of 40 people who lost their lives in the cause. Some were well-known (Evers; Chaney; Goodman and Schwerner), some not (Virgil Ware, Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn, Oneal Moore); some were activists, some bystanders; some white, but most African-American. Each lucid account, generously illustrated with b&w photos, describes the person's life and relationship to the movement with just the right amount of detail to sustain interest. An excellent photodocumentary resource. Civil-rights timeline; map; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)

Pub Date: June 20th, 1993
ISBN: 0-19-508381-4
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Oxford Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993