The Freedom Summer Murders
by Don Mitchell
Publication Date: Apr 29, 2014
List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Imprint: Scholastic Press
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, this will be the first book for young adults to explore the harrowing true story of three civil rights workers slain by the KKK. In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS will be the first book for young people to take a comprehensive look at the brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, through to the conviction in 2005 of mastermind Edgar Ray Killen.
- Young Adult Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Political
- Young Adult Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
- Young Adult Nonfiction / History / United States / 20Th Century
- Young Adult Nonfiction / Law & Crime
- Young Adult Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / African American
- Young Adult Nonfiction / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism