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We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

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ISBN13: 9781561456277
ISBN10: 1561456276
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"This chronicle of a pivotal chapter of the civil rights movement weaves together the stories of four black children in Birmingham, Ala., who were among some 4,000 who boycotted school to participate in a march to protest segregation. Before recounting that event, during which almost 2,500 young people were arrested and jailed, first-time author Levinson opens with intimate profiles of the four spotlighted children (drawn from interviews she conducted with each of them), along with descriptions of Birmingham's racist laws, corrupt politicians, antiblack sentiment — and activists' efforts to fight all of the above. Readers also get an up-close view of such leaders as Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights; Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who advocated a nonviolent response; and James Bevel, a preacher who rallied the city's children and teens. Yet the most compelling component is Levinson's dramatic re-creation of the courageous children's crusade and the change it helped bring about in the face of widespread prejudice and brutality. Powerful period photos and topical sidebars heighten the story's impact. Ages 10 — up. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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amaebi, September 10, 2013 (view all comments by amaebi)
My eight-year-old son and I have been reading this together, rather slowly-- each section requires discussion and both political and emotional response. By introducing the perspectives of children of 1963 who participated in civil rights work in Birmingham, Levinson makes it easy for a child reader to identify with the activists of the time. (My son knows which child he's most like-- James. But he cares about them all.)

The personal stories, many period photographs, and detailed accounts of the progress and frustrations of working to eliminate official segregation make for a tough, moving story that is to be particularly celebrated this year, and that remains unfortunately relevant.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781561456277
Author:
Levinson, Cynthia
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-US History
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This chronicle of a pivotal chapter of the civil rights movement weaves together the stories of four black children in Birmingham, Ala., who were among some 4,000 who boycotted school to participate in a march to protest segregation. Before recounting that event, during which almost 2,500 young people were arrested and jailed, first-time author Levinson opens with intimate profiles of the four spotlighted children (drawn from interviews she conducted with each of them), along with descriptions of Birmingham's racist laws, corrupt politicians, antiblack sentiment — and activists' efforts to fight all of the above. Readers also get an up-close view of such leaders as Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights; Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who advocated a nonviolent response; and James Bevel, a preacher who rallied the city's children and teens. Yet the most compelling component is Levinson's dramatic re-creation of the courageous children's crusade and the change it helped bring about in the face of widespread prejudice and brutality. Powerful period photos and topical sidebars heighten the story's impact. Ages 10 — up. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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