Civil Rights Movement

American Historical Fiction

 

 

 

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Author/Title

Date Pub

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Jackson, Linda Williams.   Midnight without a Moon

Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

2017

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Pinkney, Andrea Davis.   With the Might of Angels: the diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson
In 1955 Hadley, Virginia, twelve-year-old Dawnie Rae Johnson, a tomboy who excels at baseball and at her studies, becomes the first African American student to attend the all-white Prettyman Coburn school, turning her world upside down. Includes historical notes about the period.

2011

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Williams-Garcia, Rita.   One Crazy Summer
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

2010

Magoon, Kekla.   The Rock and the River
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

2009

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Burg, Shana.   A Thousand Never Evers
As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963–and violence against African Americans intensifies – the black residents, including seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, in the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice.

2008

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Greenberg, David.   A Tugging String: a novel about growing up during the Civil Rights era
A fictionalized account of the author’s years growing up in Great Neck, New York, during the turbulent civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, when African Americans were struggling to attain equality, with his father, who was a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.  Includes commentary from the author’s father, Jack Greenberg.

2008

 

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Nolan, Han.   A Summer of Kings
Over the course of the summer of 1963, fourteen-year-old Esther Young discovers the passion within her when eighteen-year-old King-Roy Johnson, accused of murdering a white man in Alabama, comes to live with her family.

2006

Curtis, Christopher Paul.   The Watsons Go to Birmingham
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.Newbery Honor Book 1996

1995

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Moore, Yvette.   Freedom Songs
In the sixties, when Sheryl's Uncle Pete joins the Freedom Riders down South, she organizes a gospel concert in Brooklyn to help him.

1991