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Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Grades 6-8 Paperback – January 15, 2009
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It's a story of heroism on a local level. An understandable tale that doesn't lose any of its power over time. This is the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott as it occurred from start to finish. But rather than concentrate on a single person or persons, Freeman gives credit and voice to some people you may not have heard from before. There was Jo Ann Robinson who lent her support.Read more ›
We are finding the story of the boycott to be fascinating! It angers me that white people were so ignorant and imposed such ridiculous rules on blacks. I also had no idea the lengths black people in Montgomery went to in order to secure a freedom that should have been theirs to begin with. I'm impressed with their non-violent means, their dedication to the cause, their untiring willingness to walk everywhere, and to help each other out with car pools.
The author uses language that both young and old can understand. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr are central to the fight, but Russell Freedman includes lesser known names such as Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin, and E.D. Nixon. He also recognizes that some white people, such as Robert Graetz also took up the cause against bus segregation. Remarkable photographs of key events and key people are a bonus in this book.
This is an amazing story told in such an understandable way that one is not likely to forget it.
Among the whole range of new things I learned about the Montgomery Bus Boycott from reading FREEDOM WALKERS was that the photo to which I am referring was actually taken when, months later, Ms. Parks gave herself up for arrest the second time, in this case for breaking "an obscure 1921 state law prohibiting boycotts 'without just cause or legal excuse.' " (A mass series of arrests on this charge, including Rosa's and Martin's, was one of the tactics employed by the city government that, in cahoots with the bus company, was trying to break the Boycott.)
So, for me, another history mystery was solved thanks to the meticulous work of Russell Freedman, a guy whose name has long been synonymous both with top quality research and with an ability to consistently craft children's informational books that read as compelling stories rather than compilations of facts.
I often worry about how the current trend of teaching to tests and NCLB mandates results in teachers needing to "cover" so many things that students are growing up oblivious to, or know only superficially of many important issues. As is said, "Where is the learning in coverage?Read more ›
As I read, the sense of the injustice settled over me heavily. It is hard for me to believe that this world existed only ten years before my birth. Hearing the quotes and seeing the pictures that were carefully selected proves that this story is not just a kind of legend or myth. It's not a pretty story, but this is a fair telling of these events. There are a few sympathetic Whites mentioned, but in general, there were not many who were willing to defend the rights of the minorities. I continue to live in hope that times have changed and will continue to change so that a time will come when color or nationality or creed truly doesn't make a difference.Read more ›
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This is an excellent book. Well written, well researched, succinct, full of information and inspiring. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steve in Colorado
Great read about Black Americans standing up for civil rights.Published 13 months ago by Michael Pavelick