Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane BrimnerTwelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961

byLarry Dane Brimner

Hardcover | October 24, 2017

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On May 4, 1961, a group of thirteen black and white civil rights activists launched the Freedom Ride, aiming to challenge the practice of segregation on buses and at bus terminal facilities in the South. The Ride would last twelve days. Despite the fact that segregation on buses crossing state lines was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1946, and segregation in interstate transportation facilities was ruled unconstitutional in 1960, these rulings were routinely ignored in the South. The thirteen Freedom Riders intended to test the laws and draw attention to the lack of enforcement with their peaceful protest. As the Riders traveled deeper into the South, they encountered increasing violence and opposition. Noted civil rights author Larry Dane Brimner relies on archival documents and rarely seen images to tell the riveting story of the little-known first days of the Freedom Ride. With author’s note, source notes, bibliography, and index.
Larry Dane Brimner is the award-winning author of a number of civil rights and social justice titles, including We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin, Birmingham Sunday, Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor and STRIKE! The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights. He is also the ...
Title:Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961Format:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 10.25 × 9.37 × 0.58 inPublished:October 24, 2017Publisher:HighlightsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1629795860

ISBN - 13:9781629795867


Editorial Reviews

Sibert Honor-winning author Brimner (Black and White, 2011) explores the first "Freedom Ride" in May 1961... Brimner does an excellent job giving the necessary context for the events, and the day-by-day focus provides dramatic tension for the narrative. Useful backmatter includes biographical sketches, bibliography, source notes, index, and picture credits. Richly illustrated with period photographs and strikingly designed, this is a clear, accessible depiction of a major story in the civil rights movement.' – Kirkus Reviews A superb overview of Freedom Summer, Brimner's merger of history with photographs imparts the drama and significance of the Freedom Ride of 1961. A powerful message about daring and persistence... Crucial to the even-handed writing of the text is a controlled tone, free of unnecessary accusations and sensationalism... Brimner's organization of print, video, and website source material...stress to young readers the elements of bias-free research. An essential addition to public and middle school libraries, the gripping history of the Freedom Summer promotes understanding of a turning point in U.S. race relations.' - VOYA