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Miles to Go for Freedom: Segregation and Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years Hardcover – January 1, 2012
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Linda Barrett Osborne is the author of several books for children and on African American history, including Abrams’ Traveling the Freedom Road. She is a senior writer and editor in the Library of Congress’s Publishing Office. She lives in Washington, DC.
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One of the things that I found fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time, was the account of what was going on in the North at the same time as Jim Crow came into being in the South. I learned a lot about the treatment of those who moved North hoping for better conditions. Conditions were better, but not by much, discrimination was still the order of the day, even if it wasn't specified by law. Even the federal government tried to keep African Americans down. It's also a story about the power of a single voice and the power of collective voices. I highly recommend this title for any and all American History classes and for those interested in where are country has been and how far we've come through the efforts of many, black and white.
This book belongs on your child's bookcase. Telling the story of ongoing resistance to injustice for Black Americans after the end of the Civil War, the book has a positive outlook on a difficult subject. Teaching independence, self-reliance, and a spirit of hope, this book is a treasure.
It steers away from the political, never noting the political affiliation of President Wilson, who segregated the federal work force, or of southern Klansmen and Jim Crow governors, democrats all.
The book stops before the Civil Rights Era begins. It's a great look back at America that does not gloss over racist attitudes and legislation, in the South or across the country.
I also recommend this book: Tell all the Children our Story by Tonya Bolden. Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America