The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I really wanted to love this book. I believe everyone should know about the Freedom Summer murders and what the South was like during the Civil Rights movement to understand the issues and problems we still face today. This book could have been that book that every single teen in this country should be required to read, but sadly it’s not.
While the beginning is strong and powerful the narrative gets lost in choppy narration and jumping around chronologically that happens after the first 50 pages or so. The book was extremely dense with lots of details packed in and I can’t imagine a teen or most adult readers taking the time to wade through the very detailed text that could be confusing at times.
That said this is still a very worthwhile book and the first few chapters would be a great introduction to teaching a unit on the Civil Rights Movement or voting rights.
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