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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671866397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671866396
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The author forcefully recalls how, at age 15, she and several other black teenagers were chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High following the passage of Brown v. Board of Education.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-Beals, one of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, AR, in 1957, tells an incredible story of faith, family love, friendships, and strong personal commitment. Drawing from the diaries she kept, the author easily puts readers in her saddle oxfords as she struggles against those people in both the white and black communities who would have segregation continue. Her prose does not play on the sympathy of readers; it simply tells it like it happened. She shares the physical, mental, and emotional torture and abuse she suffered at the hands of teenagers and adults. She also shares the support, the encouragement, and the help she received from both whites and blacks. While the book's length may discourage younger readers, those who begin it will find the reading easy and fast. This abridgement of the author's 1994 adult title of the same name is fascinating as well as enlightening and honest.
Valerie Childress, J.W. Holloway Middle School, Whitehouse, TX
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

It's a good eye opener for people who don't know that much about history.
TrustNo1
This is an excellent memoir written with detailed descriptions of the author's views and feelings during a not so pretty time in American history.
Amazon Customer
This book tells the story of Melba Beals Patillo, one of the nine students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock in September 1957.
Chris

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on April 19, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
It is quite disappointing to me that Amazon says it NOWHERE on the product page, nor does it say so on the cover of the book, but this is an abridged version. The only mention of its abridgement occurs on the title page. Nearly a hundred pages have been cut out of this version. I purchased this book for a class and missed a lot of the references that were given in discussion.

It's a good read, but go for the full version.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Burns on January 19, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Agree with prior reviewer with disappointment that Amazon did not specify anywhere that this copy is abridged. The only way to tell is to notice the number of pages. I ordered this under time pressure for a school project only to find out on day one of the class discussion that I was missing all sorts of bits that are only in the full version. I am a very loyal Amazon consumer, and will continue to be so, but am surprised that they can't find a way to easily flag an abridged book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Allen on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This work is perfectly sequenced and thoroughly documented, mainly because the author kept a detailed diary during this period. Years later, her diary, plus archived news reports and a great writing style combined to produce this searing expose. It is the story of the 1957-1958 integration attempt at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, as seen through the eyes of a participant, one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Patttilo Beals.
In WARRIORS DON'T CRY, it's heartwrenching to read of the actual daily brutality and torture of kicks, slaps , spitting, sprays and verbal abuse that these children suffered. The events that occurred at this timne made an unerasable mark of violent racist psyche on the multi-colored design that composes America's people. This book is also emotional because it is easy to see that those in power could have made the transition to integration a much smoother and less painful step into an inevitably better social structure.
This was a hard read. I had to put it down several times because the visualization was just too intense, the bigotry and viciousness too unadulterated. Yet, I think it's something every American needs to read so that the actions contained in this book will never be repeated.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mahogany Book Club on March 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Warriors Don't Cry is the moving story of the nine Black teenagers who dared
to integrate Central High School. The story is told by one of the
teenagers, Melba Pattillo.
Ms. Pattillo begins the story in 1954 when the Supreme Court of the United
States in Brown v. the Board of Education held that separate but equal
schools were inherently unequal and ordered school districts to desegregate
with all deliberate speed. She recalls that white people in Little Rock
were outraged and while walking home on the date the decision was handed
down an angry white man attempted to rape a 12 year old Melba. Such a
chilling response to the order to integrate is an eerie prelude to the
ordeal Melba and the eight others endured in their effort to integrate
Central High School.
Following Brown the Little Rock School District came up with a plan to
integrate which limited integration to Central High School and delayed the
process of integration until September 1957. Arkansas Governor Faubus came
out against any type of integration and when it came time for Melba and the
others to integrate Central in September 1957, Governor Faubus sent out the
Arkansas National Guard and the Arkansas State Troopers to block the
students from entering. President Eisenhower in turn sent the United States
National Guard to Central High School to enforce the order of the Court.
This crisis of federalism was another interesting story line in the book
chocked full with drama.
Once inside the school with the assistance of the federal National Guard,
the treatment the Black students received was disgusting, unbelievable and
heartbreaking.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Adams on October 27, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
This is an excellent book about the Little Rock 9 told by one of the students.

The details are excellent and it gives a REAL account of the torture the students went through, and the depths to which people can sink and how terribly they treat each other.

I was glad to see an account of one of the MAJOR events in the American Civil Rights struggle which did not play down what happened, nor sugar coat it. People need to know what happened, and what it was like for the participants. This book will tell them.

I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A reader on November 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Normally, I find efforts to make our own condition seem better by contrasting it with others in a worse position slightly abusive. It confers the status of "victim" on another, which envokes sympathy and empathy, but is not too helpful.
Melba Beals' book, Warriors Don't Cry, should not be used to show how much more terrible things were for a young high school student in Little Rock than it is for nearly everyone's experience. It should be used as an inspiration that one does not need to accept the role of victim. In fact, a true warrior, such as Beals, will reject the status of victim and fight for her place in history.
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After earning a Bachelor's Degree from San Francisco State University and a graduate degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism, Melba Beals worked as a reporter for NBC-TV. At present she is a communications consultant in San Francisco and is the author of books on public relations and marketing.

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