Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

An award winning author offers a riveting account of the civil rights crusade in Mississippi 50 years ago that brought on shocking violence and the beginning of a new political order.
Freedom Summer The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi An award winning author offers a riveting account of the civil rights crusade in Mississippi years ago that brought on shocking violence and the beginning of a new political order

  • Title: Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
  • Author: Susan Goldman Rubin
  • ISBN: 9780823429202
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1 thought on “Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi”

    1. An accessible, passionate account of this pivotal and tragic period in the Civil Rights Movement. What this informative book needs is a concluding chapter or afterward discussing how the recent dismantling of the 1964 Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court has rendered the dangerous work of those fearless Civil Rights works irrelevant and the murders of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman meaningless.

    2. Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi is a nonfiction text that combines visual artifacts and factual material about the events and efforts of the 1964 Freedom Summer. During this summer, the goals were to register black voters and to establish Freedom Schools, where people could be educated on black history and learn how to register to vote. This summer brought with it conflict--a lot of conflict. As the efforts were located in the deep south, they were greeted with [...]

    3. Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi is a great novel to have your students read while they are doing a unit on the Civil war in their history class (if you could find a way to line that up). From my own schooling experience, most kids associate the Civil Rights Movement with Martin Luther King and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The non-violent protests and lot of the other dirty work done across the country's south tends to slip through the crack in our middle [...]

    4. Freedom Summer is a nonfiction text that details the dealings surrounding the Freedom Summer events in Mississippi. The narrative voice is seemingly omniscient and despite bias, the reader is able to see the event from many sides. The horrific events and strong perseverance of those in resistance are both detailed in the book, giving a very real account of what went on from direct evidence from those involved. The text shines light on events that are not detailed in a typical history curriculum [...]

    5. This review is belated! Anyway, this book was really eye-opening. We all spend years learning about the Civil Rights Movement and MLK in school, but never has anyone taught me the events of Freedom Summer in 1964. This book read like an action novel, and I was on the edge of my seat!! I am awed and amazing by the courage and resilience of the people who protested during the summer 1964, especially those who lost their lives at the hands of the KKK. What an interesting piece of history, and what [...]

    6. This is a clearly written telling of the struggles of black Mississippians, northern students who spent a summer in Mississippi and the forced working to keep blacks from registering to vote. It’s appropriate for 10-and-up. It’s heartbreaking and an important part of our history.

    7. An in depth look at the Summer of 1964 in the middle of Mississippi many brave people who made a difference in the rights we all enjoy today!

    8. The Book Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson takes place during the Civil rights era in the heart of Mississippi. Led by Bob Moses, college students from all around the country came together in Ohio to train for one summer they will never forget. Many of them did not know what they were getting into, Mississippi wasn’t like the rest of the U.S. There was no training that could prepare these young people for the segregation, brutality, and murder they were about to face. Coming in waves of around 50 [...]

    9. An amazing read about the Summer of 1964 in Mississippi, which included Fannie Lou Hammer working to help establish voting rights, as well as the murder of 3 civil right's activist, James Earl Chaney, who was a young black man and Andrew Goodmen and Michael Schwerner, two Caucasian activists.

    10. Freedom Summer The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin is the story of Civil Rights groups banding together to train and send college student volunteers to Mississippi to live with black hosts, open Freedom Schools, and canvass African Americans to register to vote, while the volunteers, hosts, and activists faced terror on a daily basis, yet still made Civil Rights progress.Features powerful photographs, chilling details of murder, details of the investigation a [...]

    11. An excellent resource about the summer of 1964, those sticky-hot months when civil rights came to a boiling point in Mississippi. The book’s introduction and first chapter give information about Fannie Lou Hamer, a native of the Mississippi Delta who had tried to register to vote but was twice denied and Andrew Goodman, a white 20-year old man who volunteered to assist in registering blacks to vote, becoming part of the Freedom Summer. Less than a week after leaving home, Andrew Goodman was de [...]

    12. “I am determined to become a first class citizen I am determined to get every Negro in the State of Mississippi registered (Fannie Lou Hamer, p 1).Susan Goldman Rubin, author of several biographies and books on the Holocaust (susangoldmanrubin), has written a dramatic account of the efforts of civil rights organizations and volunteers, mostly college-aged students, who worked together during the summer of 1964 to educate African Americans in Mississippi about their voting rights. While greeted [...]

    13. Here we are at the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer--the summer in 1964 when Civil Rights activists from the North, mostly young adults, went down to Mississippi to educate African Americans about their rights and register them as voters. The summer when houses and churches were bombed, activists were jailed and beaten, and three Civil Rights workers lost their lives when they were falsely imprisoned, then released only to be ambushed and killed by the KKK. Susan Goldman Rubin introduces reade [...]

    14. The Summer of 1964 brought a group of white freedom fighters to Mississippi. Their mission was to help black adults register to vote, set up schools called “Freedom Schools” and assist in the civil rights movement. They knew the job would be dangerous and difficult, but Mississippi proved deadly as well. When 3 civil rights activists are missing, and probably murdered, the federal government gets involved. But the work continues despite this tragedy, thousand of students take advantage of th [...]

    15. "Freedom Summer" by Susan Goldman Rubin is a story about the Civil Rights movement and how there were Freedom Schools formed to help the African Americans and their right to vote. The people who tried to help the African Americans to get their rights to vote went under war fire from other whites who did not agree with the rights of African Americans. Fannie Lou Hamer really is an advocate for the African Americans as she refuses to give up and attends Freedom School in Mississippi. There are som [...]

    16. In this well researched book, the author takes us back to 1964 Mississippi, when the nation was shocked by the disappearance--and discovery of the murder--of three Freedom Summer workers, courageous young people who travelled to Mississippi, living with black families, trying to register black voters and opening Freedom Schools to educate black children and their parents. Rubin follows the story chronologically, focusing on specific anecdotes which make the story more immediate for young people. [...]

    17. Freedom Summer by Susan Goldman was a story about the Council of Federation Organization trying to make changes in the South during the African American segregation times. They were trying to end the unfair options and beliefs that were holding African American citizens from voting and make other strides in the civil rights movement. The organization faced many hardships especially from members of the Ku Klux Klan.I rated this book a three star because at most parts I felt like the author wasn't [...]

    18. The book was a real story about college students from the North who went South to Mississippi to help African Americans register to vote and learn about their new civil rights. However, down South there was still violence against blacks every where and the white college students trying to help were viewed as traitors against their own race. A few guys went missing, which meant they were killed by members of the KKK for helping African Americans. The government had to be involved in helping sovle [...]

    19. A deftly told chronicle of the summer of 1964 when civil rights groups focused on Mississippi, sending volunteers from the North to organize Freedom Schools and encourage African-Americans to register to vote in spite of the hostility and danger in that segregated world. Drawing on personal interviews with participants as well as extensive sources, Rubin weaves together a suspenseful, moving chronicle of a pivotal moment in U.S. history. The murder of three civil rights workers lies at the heart [...]

    20. The summer of 1964 was dubbed "Freedom Summer" by the Council of Federated Organizations, a conglomerate of several major civil rights organizations who chose that summer to focus on voter registration in Mississippi. Starting with a vivid description of the disappearance of Mickey Schwermer, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, this book follows many of the other volunteers and activists through the rest of the summer as they tried help African Americans in Mississippi to register to vote. Their s [...]

    21. This book is exactly what the title tells us it is--a history of the 1964 battle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. It includes a number of primary sources and photographs which add to its authenticity.I would certainly recommend it for anyone wanting a more approachable history of this very important time in American history than they can get in the few paragraphs of a history text book. In this time of racial unrest, it is relevant and an important read.I was in middle school/high school in 1964 [...]

    22. Freedom Summer had a very useful, informational timeline to refer back to at the end of the book, which I really appreciated. The book addresses the issues that arose during the Civil Rights Movement and what organizers did to fight the Jim Crow laws. Freedom Summer contained a lot of useful information, but wouldn't be very engaging to students because of the surplus of words. The reading was very dense and I would occasionallly lose interest in the book. I gave the book 3/5 because of all the [...]

    23. At 120 pages, this moved along at a much brisker pace, with compelling stories from a variety of people along with an overview of the events of the summer. The inclusion of primary source material, photographs, and fantastic period drawings by Tracy Sugarman gives this a lot of punch, and the research is phenomenal. The appendices, bibliography and additional material make this one that a few students will read for pleasure, and many more will find invaluable for research. This covered not only [...]

    24. This book is great for middle school kids to read because it talks about a epic time frame that happened during the Civil Rights movement. It gives a lot of important and relevant facts that is helpful for understanding what went on back then. The pictures were good and I like how everything was in black and white to show the frustration and emotions that was being felt. When I see the colors black, white, and grey I think of sadness, being gloomy, something dark, etc. I got what type of story i [...]

    25. This is an interesting look at the Civil Rights workers in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964. The deaths of 3 of the workers sparked a national outrage and shed much light on the plight of the African Americans who lived under strict Jim Crow laws of the day. This volume is text and note heavy. It would be a great resource for Middle and High School students doing reports on the subject. Original photographs, drawings by the participants, documents and maps round out this informative [...]

    26. Freedom Summer is a story about the Civil Rights Movement and the Council of Federation Organization trying to help African Americans. They formed Freedom Schools and helped them get their right to vote. There were many obstacles that the council had to overcome, but they never gave up. I gave this book four stars. The pictures were amazing and I think readers can take a lot away from them. It really helped me understand this time in history. I think this book would be important to have in a cla [...]

    27. One of a number of outstanding recent narrative nonfiction titles on the Civil Rights battles of the 1960s. This one focuses on the effort to get African Americans living in Mississippi registered to vote. At the center of the effort is the story of three young men--one African American and two Whites, whose disappearance (and brutal murder) early in the summer created a climate of fear among those volunteering. The achievement of this book is that it shows the hope, courage, and determination t [...]

    28. **Spoiler Ahead**Freedom Summer is a story about the time during the Civil Rights movement when there were schools designed/made in order to help those African Americans learn about their right to vote. Those that tried to help those African Americans with their right to vote received lots of scrutiny from other "whites" that did not agree with African Americans receiving equal rights. Fannie Lou Hammer (the main character) refuses to stop going to her school and continues to attend in Mississip [...]

    29. Filled with b&w photos, maps, and drawings done by a Freedom Summer volunteer, this history of that landmark effort also has an engaging text. There is a wealth of quotations from participants that fill out the narrative, which describes chronologically the effort to register African-American voters and to assist in other social causes including literacy. A large part of the story deals with the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner. It has a strong "you are there" feeling to the book, a [...]

    30. Freedom Summer is about the Council of Federation Organization during the times of the civil rights movement. The Federation was attempting end movements of segregation such as holding African Americans from voting. However, because of this they faced many adversities like hardships from members of the KKK.I rated this book three stars because I believe that it could have been more interesting overall, personally. My attention was not grabbed during some crucial parts of the books. However, I do [...]

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