Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

by Russell Freedman


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A riveting account of the civil rights boycott that changed history by the foremost author of history for young people.

Now a classic, Freedman’s book tells the dramatic stories of the heroes who stood up against segregation and Jim Crow laws in 1950s Alabama.  A master of succinct historical narratives, Freeman explains the contributions of and sacrifices made by Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin, who refused give up their seats, to Jo Ann Robinson, who began the boycott, to Martin Luther King, Jr., whose leadership was instrumental is carrying it through, and others.

Full of eye-witness reports, iconic photographs from the era, and crucial primary sources, this work brings the narratives alive for contemporary readers. A map, source notes, a bibliography, and other backmatter make is a valuable classroom resource.

Recipient of an Orbis Pictus Honor, the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and the Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Book Award, Freedom Walkers received five starred reviews.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823421954
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 154,564
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Russell Freedman (1929-2018) transformed non-fiction for children through his insightful narrative, comprehensive research, careful selection of photographs, and deep understanding of his subject matter. He was well known for his riveting biographies and masterful accounts of the history of the United States. One of the most honored writers for children, his many awards include the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award and a National Humanities Medal. Major works include Freedom Walkers, Lincoln: A Photobiography, Because They Marched, The Wright Brothers: How They Invented The Airplane. 

Table of Contents

Map Montgomery, Alabama, 1955-1956 xi

Introduction: Why They Walked 1

1 Jo Ann Robinson 4

2 Claudette Colvin 14

3 Rosa Parks 23

4 Martin Luther King, Jr. 36

5 Boycott Heroes 49

6 Proud to be Arrested 59

7 Walking to Victory 75

8 The Children Coming On… 89

Chapter Notes 100

Selected Bibliography 108

Acknowledgments 111

Index 112

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Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mkschoen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very well done - goes into the history behind the boycott (and adds in the part about how they waited till they had a "good" test case in Parks). Readable, and the illustrations added to the story and helped tell the tale, not just there to have pictures.
chelsiking on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very powerful & moving book about the true story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Russell Freedman is an amazing author & captures the readers heart with the photographs & beautiful descriptions of the various important figures of history.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Russell Freedom's conversational style in writing non-fiction makes this book an interesting, easy-to-read exploration of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-1956. From early incidents to the notion of finding the perfect test case to bring the issue to court, to the actions of Rosa Parks, to the community organizing that went in to the successful boycott, the narrative is embedded with quotes from key players and photographs from the time period. A short read that ends with a chapter on outlining other events in the Civil Rights movement that great from the bus boycott.
helenpeynado on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how often I've read about the civil rights movement, but I didn't know that there was a whole boycott following Rosa Parks' arrest. Russell Freedman does a great job outlining and providing details that clarify simple details about Rosa Parks and other women that stood up to bus drivers and then creates the larger story around it.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought I knew the story of the Montgomery bus boycott, but I was wrong. This is the complete account, written for children, yes, but a beautifully written account nevertheless. I feel deep admiration for the people who suffered through the boycott, who walked to work each day, put in a day's labor, and then walked home; people who had their homes bombed yet refused to use violence themselves; people who steadily and forthrightly took a stand to live up the ideals of the US Constitution despite the consequences to themselves. What a powerful story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is awesome
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s-king More than 1 year ago
Freedom Walkers, by Russell Freedman, tells the story behind the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott. This book takes a deeper look at some of the major leaders in the boycott, such as Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, some of the key events that took place, and some of the thousands of unrecognized heroes that made the bus boycott possible. Freedom Walkers is a very enjoyable and informative book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I never fully understood the impact the boycott had on the Civil Rights Movement and how it involved so many people. I was also shocked by the fact that the boycott lasted for 381 days. The theme of freedom is fully woven into the text, which makes it extremely apparent that that is what the African Americans wanted for themselves and for future generations. Because the book gives such an accurate description of the boycott, it would help students understand the passion and work that went into it. One thing that I particularly enjoyed about this were the pictures. The fact that the pictures were real made this book even more interesting, and it also would help students understand that this actually took place. I would most certainly recommend this book in a classroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Freedom Walkers, I thought this book was very eye-opening and educational. It is a book that should be incorporated into the classrooms for middle school aged children. The different stories of individual people from back in the segregation times is a wonderful way to explain just exactly how life was for African-Americans. Excellent story telling paired with marvelous pictures makes this a must read for everyone.
Michael_Reck More than 1 year ago
This book retells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This book also displays the involvement of the many contributors to the movement as well as the major events. I thought that this book was more entertaining than a textbook, but it still was not all that engaging. On the bright side, it had a very useful index and spectacular pictures depicting the events mentioned in the text. This book also won the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. I believe that this book would be useful to fifth and sixth graders and that the themes and subjects are segregation, injustice, courage, and perseverance. Some people may be offended by how the book has bible references, violence, racism, and even death. I would still want to use this book as a reference for the events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.