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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Little Rock Girl 1957 by Shelley Tougas

This is an e-book I received from netGalleyGoodreads does not have a summary for me to post for you, but I will begin by just saying...wow.

In 1954 the Supreme Court of the United States decided to begin integration.
In 1957 the first integration into schools in Little Rock, Arkansas was to occur.

This integration did not go well.  The images shown in this book make you feel the emotion both the whites and blacks were feeling during that time.  I couldn't imagine growing up in a time such as this.  I wish that my grandparents were around so I could ask them questions about what they remembered, and how they felt, but unfortunately I was young when my grandparents died (on both sides) and they are no longer here to give me their perspective. 

In 1972...schools in Arkansas finally saw full integration.

1972?!  It took 15 years to finally have schools integrated?  It's heartbreaking to see what African-Americans have gone through to obtain equal rights in our country.  What happened to "land of the free"?  In a way, this book brought up my feelings of disgust for the way in which this country handles those of another color.  We are all equals.  We all deserve the same basic human rights.  We should not be discriminating against anyone.

Although this book is short (64 pages).  I recommend reading it because it may open your eyes to the horrors others have had to experience.  My only complain is the formatting of the book on my Kindle, but I believe that is due to the book being sent as a pdf file.  I do not have complaints about the content.  This is a very moving and thought-provoking novel.

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