Monday, July 9, 2012
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement, by Ann Bausum
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
by Ann Bausum
Washington: National Geographic, 2006
80 pages. Ages 10-17.
Annotation: During the 1961 civil rights movement, John Lewis and Jim Zwerg journey on a bus into the South, recounting experiences of racism, common interests, history, and the Freedom Riders’ resilience.
Commentary: This book explores the lives of two men on their journey during the civil rights movement. The author compares and contrasts John Lewis’s and Jim Zwerg’s backgrounds, providing the reader with a greater understanding of history pertaining to racism, segregation, and the friendship of two men from different races fighting for the same cause – freedom from social injustice for all. Despite the numerous hardships these two men faced throughout their journey of the Deep South, they were determined to change their own lives, history, and the nation. This book will allow instructors and students to explore themes of government, civil rights, race relations, southern states, and politics.