Posted in Young Adult Nonfiction

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, by Cynthia Levinson

12715346We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
Cynthia Levinson
2012 Peachtree Publishers
ISBN – 9781561456277
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – High School
3.7 Stars

The Civil Rights Movement was in full swing in the early 1960s, but it didn’t seem to be working as effectively in Birmingham Alabama. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi planned to fill the jails with African American adults, but when that didn’t work they tried a different tactic. Over 4,000 children marched in Birmingham to protest inequality, and fill the jails they did. Cynthia Levinson tells the story of the children’s march from the viewpoint of four involved children.

This book had great factual information, and was very detailed. It is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story all at the same time. It is while reading books like this, that I constantly become flabbergasted by the horrible actions that human beings are capable of. I am also amazed by the human strength and resiliency that is possible. I loved that Levinson told the story from four different points of views. The readers are able to see what it was like for children from different backgrounds, sexes,  and different levels of involvement. The book was not constantly captivating, and had some points that seemed to lull. Overall it was a great and engaging read.

 

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