Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement

Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement

by Ann Bausum


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Freedom Riders compares and contrasts the childhoods of John Lewis and James Zwerg in a way that helps young readers understand the segregated experience of our nation's past. It shows how a common interest in justice created the convergent path that enabled these young men to meet as Freedom Riders on a bus journey south.

No other book on the Freedom Riders has used such a personal perspective. These two young men, empowered by their successes in the Nashville student movement, were among those who volunteered to continue the Freedom Rides after violence in Anniston, Alabama, left the original bus in flames with the riders injured and in retreat. Lewis and Zwerg joined the cause knowing their own fate could be equally harsh, if not worse. The journey they shared as freedom riders through the Deep South changed not only their own lives but our nation's history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792241737
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 191,395
Product dimensions: 8.94(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Ann Bausum writes about US history for young people. Her books consistently earn prominent national recognition. Denied, Detained, Deported was named the 2010 Carter G. Woodson Book Award winner at the secondary school level from the National Council for the Social Studies. Muckrakers earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Freedom Riders gained the Robert F. Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association, and With Courage and Cloth received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award as the year's best book on social justice issues for older readers.

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Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
AshleyMarkeitaTate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Freedom Riders¿ is the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides. It focuses on two participants, John Lewis (a black man) and Jim Zwerg (a white man). These Freedom Rides were to peacefully promote racial equality. Their bus of the Freedom Rides arrived in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 14th and was immediately met with an angry mob of white southerners. People were beaten, the bus was damaged, and it was total chaos. And the shocking thing is that police were not too concerned with the violence that broke out.This book is almost necessary to share with middle school children. They never really want to give kids the full story about how bad things were during the turbulent sixties. I felt as if a lot of things I learned in school regarding the Civil Rights Movement were sugarcoated and just skimmed over. If you want to give kids a clear picture of how far we have come, share the photos in this book. Starting discussion would not be hard because I¿m sure everyone would want to say something. I would also require my students to write an essay on how they feel the Freedom Rides impacted their freedom today and why.This book is so informative. As I said, I felt like a lot was left out in school about the Civil Rights Movement. Until my senior year of high school, I had no idea the real things that went on in the south because it seems no one wanted to talk about it. But my twelfth grade Government teacher went into such great detail; we watched films, we viewed pictures, we had projects and things to research to learn more about certain topics. I became so interested in how they were able to peacefully convene (because I¿m not sure that I could have endured the beatings and the name calling and the death threats) over and over and they let nothing stop them. It is because of people like John Lewis and Jim Zwerg that I am able to attend the university I attend and live the way I live and have the friends I have. I believe we owe those people so much respect, because so many people lost their lives for us to enjoy ours!
bplma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
excellent overview of civil rights freedom riders w/ forwards by 2 of the participants. great photos, enough white space to be enjoyable to read and easy on the eyes while still packing in lots of facts and information; well written. has it all...research guide, mug shots and citations.
patricia_poland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Found this to be a great introduction to the Freedom Riders by focusing on two of them, yet explaining the overall concept and how it began. Good for all ages.
linnaea44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. It really moved me and touched my soul. I can not believe I never heard about this story till now. Everything that those people went through, they were just kids my age, it's amazing. Their dedication to the movement, and being prepared to die, WOW!! It's absolutely incredible. I was in shock that the authorities allowed the beatings and cruelty. I can not imagine anyone justifying what they did to the riders of those buses. I am not sure what age group this would be appropriate for maybe 5th graders and older. It is very graphic and there is a lot of violence. I think it is extremely important for students to read this at some point in their education.