A riveting account of the civil rights boycott that changed history by the foremost author of history for young people.
Now a classic, Freedman’s book tells the dramatic stories of the heroes who stood up against segregation and Jim Crow laws in 1950s Alabama. A master of succinct historical narratives Freeman explains the contributions of and sacrifices made by Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin, who refused give up their seats, to Jo Ann Robinson, who began the boycott, to Martin Luther King, Jr., whose leadership was instrumental is carrying it through, and others.
Full of eye-witness reports, iconic photographs from the era, and crucial primary sources, this work brings the narratives alive for contemporary readers. A Map, source notes, a bibliography, and other backmatter make is a valuable classroom resource. The book received five starred reviews, the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Book Award among other honors.
★ ”Expertly paced text, balanced but impassioned…Such is the immediacy of Freedman’s telling that by the time Martin Luther King Jr. steps onboard and takes ‘a seat at the front of the bus,’ readers will feel like cheering, as if they’re witnessing the historic moment themselves.”—The Horn Book, Starred Review