School Library Journal
"A solid introduction to the politics of the civil rights movement. In five chapters, readers gain a concise but clear understanding of the history of Jim Crow in the South; Emmett Till’s murder in Mississippi, which sparked the movement; the 1957 Brown v. Board of Education decision and the desegregration of schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Voting Rights Act of 1965; the Fair Housing Act of 1968; and the Black Power movement and a very brief mention of the current #BlackLivesMatter movement. Cummings provides an unbiased examination of the four presidential administrations, outlining their strengths and weaknesses in guiding the country through this period. The format is useful for reluctant readers, with a detailed glossary, a straightforward narrative, and numerous sidebars listing fast facts. For those looking for further information, there are several side project ideas and a lengthy bibliography.”
Praise for other titles by Judy Dodge Cummings:
The Underground Railroad Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom
Lower Columbia Review Group (LCRG) STARRED REVIEW
". . .Though the subject matter is very specific, The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom is an excellent text to have."
School Library Connections
". . . This book is an excellent resource for helping students understand the troubling times prior to the Civil War and could serve as a resource for an entire unit of study. Highly Recommended."
Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind
". . . a fascinating book to read for the reader of any age! Geared towards readers of ages 12–15, the book retraces the steps taken by our ancient ancestors starting in Africa. . . I highly recommend this well–written book. It covers topics in all of the sciences, from anthropology, to environmental science to biology as well as history and geography. This would be an excellent resource book for the middle school teacher. "
"How did our ancestors migrate from one place to another and what motivated them to do so thousands of years ago? Why do people continue to migrate across the globe today? This entry in the Inquiry and Investigation series attempts to answer these complex questions. . .This is a good overview of the topic for middle-grade social studies classrooms."
Detailed Book Description
In Changing Laws: Politics of the Civil Rights Era, middle graders explore the key legislative and judicial victories of the era that spanned from 1954 to the early 1970s, including Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, all of which couldn’t have happened without the increased activism of the times. Kids explore how marches, demonstrations, boycotts, and lawsuits prodded local and state governments to reveal the bigotry of their laws and the brutality of their oppression of black citizens.
Hands-on projects about social justice issues alongside essential questions, links to online resources, and text-to-world connections promote a profound understanding of history and offer opportunities for social-emotional learning.
Try these critical and creative thinking projects!
- Create a graphic to illustrate the path to the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Invent a game that illustrates the economics of the racial wealth gap
- Map your school by today’s degree of segregation and educational inequality
- Research voting rights in your state
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Political Path
Separate is Not Equal
The Politics of School Desegregation
Now is the Time
The Politics of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
We Shall Overcome
The Politics of the 1965 Voting Rights Act
Opening the Gates of Opportunity
The Politics of the Fair Housing Act of 1968
Black Power and White Backlash
The Politics of Resentment