Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
by Susan Goldman Rubin
Grades 5 & up
The summer of 1964 was dubbed “Freedom Summer” by the Council of Federated Organizations, a conglomerate of several major civil rights organizations who chose that summer to focus on voter registration in Mississippi. Starting with a vivid description of the disappearance of Mickey Schwermer, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, this book follows many of the other volunteers and activists through the rest of the summer as they tried help African Americans in Mississippi to register to vote. Their struggle was difficult and the dangers were very real. This moving account of that summer is not for the faint of heart, but an important part of history not to forget. Highly recommended for grades 5 and up.