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Warriors Don't Cry [Kindle Edition]

Melba Pattillo Beals
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Book Description

The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, brought the promise of integration to Little Rock, Arkansas, but it was hard-won for the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in 1957. They ran a gauntlet flanked by a rampaging mob and a heavily armed Arkansas National Guard—opposition so intense that soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division were called in to restore order. For Melba Beals and her eight friends those steps marked their transformation into reluctant warriors—on a battlefield that helped shape the civil rights movement.

WARRIORS DON'T CRY, drawn from Melba Beals's personal diaries, is a riveting true account of her junior year at Central High—one filled with telephone threats, brigades of attacking mothers, rogue police, fireball and acid-throwing attacks, economic blackmail, and, finally, a price upon Melba's head. With the help of her English-teacher mother; her eight fellow warriors; and her gun-toting, Bible-and-Shakespeare-loving grandmother, Melba survived. And, incredibly, from a year that would hold no sweet-sixteen parties or school plays, Melba Beals emerged with indestructible faith, courage, strength, and hope.

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"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." ---School Library Journal

About the Author

Melba Patillo Beals has worked as a reporter for NBC and a communications consultant in San Francisco.

Lisa Reneé Pitts is an award-winning actress in theater, television, and film, as well as an accomplished audiobook narrator. She won an AudioFile Earphones Award for excellence in narration for Pushkin and the Queen of Spades by Alice Randall.

Product Details

  • File Size: 815 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tantor eBooks (October 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y4D4K0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caution: Abridged Version April 19, 2011
By Andrew
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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware - This one is Abridged 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE BEING THERE February 20, 2001
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
5.0 out of 5 stars They were literally warriors on the battlefield March 15, 2004
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
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for teaching 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book November 24, 1999
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars drags, but has an important message
Bought for my daughter who is reading this in class. I read it first. It is an important story, but it drags so much I lost interest after the first half. Read more
Published 3 days ago by cwg
4.0 out of 5 stars Abridged
This was required reading for my son's 8th grade class. Note that this is an ABRIDGED version.
Published 10 days ago by Hockey
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing. Moving. Inspiring.
Disturbing. Moving. Inspiring. I couldn't have endured what she (and the other 8 students) did. Amazing.
Published 20 days ago by John Arthur Lee (author of Bound to Eve)
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Memoir!
An amazing memoir that doesn't receive the attention it deserves. Beals's writing is so vivid and she has mastered the metaphor. The book is surprising easy to read. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Joseph G. Ridgell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 25 days ago by fox
5.0 out of 5 stars She liked the book
I bought this for my 11yo so she could get more information about that time period than the public school could/would supply. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Faye Larkin
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to hit my head on the desk halfway through
The book drove me nuts. Only reason i read it is cause It was a required book for my college class, but it felt like she was whining all the time.
Published 1 month ago by Christyl Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This book replays a difficult time in our history. ...
This book replays a difficult time in our history. It is hard to believe that Americans could treat fellow citizens, especially children, so violently.
Published 1 month ago by Cozy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 1 month ago by Philip A Hahn II
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the behind the scenes drama left out of the history books
I love the behind the scenes drama that is left out of the history books!
Published 2 months ago by GeorgeAnambra
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