|Streetcar to justice : how Elizabeth Jennings won the right to ride in New York|
Author: Hearth, Amy Hill
One hundred years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery Alabama, Elizabeth Jennings Graham's refusal to leave a segregated streetcar started a major civil rights movement in New York City in July 1854.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.70
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 193507
School Library Journal (01/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 Gr 4–7—Hearth sets the stage in this middle grade biography with Elizabeth Jennings hoping to arrive on time at the First Colored American Congregational Church, where she was an organist, before pulling back to explain just what New York City looked, smelled, and operated like in 1854. Weaving together historical background with a portrait of Jennings, Hearth has created a compelling account of the court case Jennings vs. Third Avenue Railroad Company—an early landmark case in desegregating New York City transit. The engaging narrative is supported by plentiful archival maps, photos, and reproductions of primary source documents, such as handwritten reports and newspaper clippings. Sidebars also provide important historical context. The back matter is impressively long—including a six-page bibliography of websites, books, newspapers, journals and reports; extensive chapter and illustration notes; and more, making this a superb mentor text. VERDICT Hearth brings the story of Elizabeth Jennings to vivid life in an eminently readable book.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.