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Filled with inspiring accounts of faith and courage, this book rescues and preserves the stories of children and teenagers who contributed to the civil rights movement. All of us know, for example, of Rosa Parks, whose refusal in 1955 to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus sparked the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Most of us don't know, however, that just months earlier high school junior Claudette Colvin had been arrested for doing the same thing. In their own words, Colvin and 29 others tell their stories in this book, reminding us once again of the broad base that helped ensure the success of the movement in the South. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The names of those whose voices are heard in these pages are not recorded in textbooks, yet their childhoods in Alabama, Mississippi or Arkansas were marked by acts of extraordinary courage that collectively altered the course of American history. They were among the participants, and in some cases the leaders, of numerous civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, many of which had violent, tragic outcomes. These individuals, whom Levine doggedly tracked down, were some of the first black young people to attend formerly all-white schools; to participate in sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in stores; to become Freedom Riders, protesting illegal segregation on interstate buses; and to wage the arduous, bloody fight to secure voting rights for blacks. Chronicling all of these campaigns--as well as shocking incidents of senseless beatings, unjust jailings and murders--these first-person accounts are articulate and affecting. Representative are the words of Gladis Williams, repeatedly arrested for taking part in protests during her high school years in Montgomery: "So far as having fear, we didn't even know what fear was. We just had our minds set on freedom, and that was it." Ages 11-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Ill edition (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698118707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698118706
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Touching and powerfully honest personal accounts of the daily lives of children / youth in the Civil Rights Movement. Children surviving domestic terrorism in a culture of violence, ever hopeful of realizing " all men are created equal". Though it documents 'traumatic' incidents the focus is on courage , hope, and our personal responsibility for making the world a better world. For the children each day, each choice, each action made a profound vote for justice and equality. They are truly activists, and advocates for 'humanity'. Our elementary class uses this book to learn about and portray each person. They often seek to emulate them.The children respectfully honor these young heroes, and find their own 'voice'.
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By Hal on October 23, 2014
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This is the best book there is. Should be required reading for all adults. Ellen Levine has gathered stories from about a dozen individuals who discuss their everyday experiences as children during the Civil Rights Movement. Extremely powerful material for adults and children. I used this class with my fourth graders- they were amazed to see the small, everyday defiances that were so key to the changes of the 1960s.
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Freedom's Children is filled with inspiring real life stories of children who lived in the 1950's. It tells about their separate lives and how they fought for Civil Rights. This book describes many aspects of the movement. One part is about the Little Rock Nine. I admire them for having enough courage to attend an all white school. They were made fun of and even physically threatened by fellow students. The book also tells about the bus boycott, Freedom Riders, and all the laws passed to make a better life for African Americans. I enjoyed this book mostly because of how much it taught me and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn
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A great look at the Civil Rights movement from the perspective of a wide variety of people who participated in the various marches and demonstrations. So interesting, and an excellent viewpoint on what the movement was really like. Great book.
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Excellent review of youthful participants of the civil rights movement. Should be read by all young people so they have an understanding and appreciation of what these young people endured to assure equal rights for all people.

Also introduced many people of the civil rights movement that few know anything about.
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This book features those who were young activists discussing their experiences during the civil rights movement. It's a refreshing perspective because the focus is often on leaders. It's written for young adults, but I think it's a book everyone can appreciate.
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- have the students write letters responding to what they read.
- in groups have the students learn about different sections and them have them teach each other what they learned.
- They don't have to read it all. They can read excerpts of what interests them.
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By A Customer on November 25, 1997
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Freedom's Children was a very good book because it involved different interveiws by thirty people so every person's story was different. It is probably one of the best African-American books for children. I really recommend it to people who like true stories and the 50's and 60's. At some points it was depressing, and at some points it was happy.
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