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  • Published: 1 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781644210109
  • Imprint: Seven Stories Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $41.99

Freedom Summer For Young People

The Savage Season of 1964 that Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy




This latest edition in Triangle Square's For Young People series is a gripping account of the summer that changed America.

In the summer of 1964, as racial tensions reached a fever pitch in the United States, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) sent more than seven hundred college students to Mississippi to help black citizens register to vote. Less than twenty-four hours after they arrived, three volunteers went missing, presumed victims of the Ku Klux Klan. It was a sinister start to what should have been a peaceful mission, and it was only the beginning. In the days and weeks that followed, volunteers and their allies faced intimidation, threats, and violence from locals who didn't believe blacks should have the right to vote. Still they continued their work, never wavering in their commitment to justice and their belief that a fairer future was possible. What came to be known as Freedom Summer brought out the worst in its citizens, but also the best, and contained within these pages are powerful stories of everyday people fighting for freedom. Following several individual volunteers and culminating in the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Freedom Summer for Young People is a riveting account of a decisive moment in American history, sure to move and inspire readers.

  • Published: 1 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781644210109
  • Imprint: Seven Stories Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $41.99

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Praise for Freedom Summer For Young People

"Here is the whole story of the young people who risked their lives for freedom that terrible, wonderful summer of 1964—and the disenfranchised Mississippians who risked their lives simply by being black. It's history that will make your blood boil. This page-turner should be required reading for every student." —Patricia Hruby Powell, author of Loving vs. Virginia, Lift As You Climb, and Sibert Honor Book Josephine "Compelling, comprehensive, and immensely readable, Freedom Summer for Young People invites readers to confront a grim historical moment and to witness the courage of people who risked everything, even their lives, for the sake of racial equality in Mississippi. If you think you don’t need yet another book about the Freedom Summer, you’re wrong." —Chris Crowe, author of Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

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