Hot Pursuit: Murder in Mississippi
Hot Pursuit: Murder in Mississippi
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Annotation: Presents the story of three civil rights workers, Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, in Mississippi during the summer of 1964 when they were unjustly killed.
Catalog Number: #600027511
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Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: c2010
Illustrator: Orback, Craig,
Pages: 39 p.
Territory: US Only
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7613-5921-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-7613-5921-0
Dewey: 920
Language: English
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The authors use the 1964 murder of three civil-rights activists in Mississippi as a touchstone for the entrenched inequities in the South that led to the civil-rights movement. The dramatic focal point of the book is a decision: three young men, all activists for the Mississippi Freedom Project, two white and one African American, are driving on a rural road. A cop car flashes its lights behind them, ordering them to pull over. In the context of the era, when a traffic stop could mean a beating or murder, the decision to pull over was a grave one. In this short, gripping book, the authors juxtapose chapters that are fictional, centering on this tense decision, with chapters that explain the background of the segregated South and the civil-rights movement. The photo-realist style of the full-color illustrationsratchets up the tension. Complementary to other young-adult synopses of the civil-rights struggle, such as Ellen Levine's Freedom's Children (1993).
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This slim volume memorializes the three civil rights workers who were murdered in the South in 1964. The plot imagines the emotions experienced by the young men on their last day alive while being pursued by the local police; an epilogue reveals the real-life outcome. Content doesn't always pair well with the colorful, action-flick-type illustrations.
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Word Count: 2,257
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 135427 / grade: Middle Grades

It was the Freedom Summer of 1964. Civil rights workers Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were driving through rural Mississippi. When a police cruiser flashed its lights behind them, they hesitated. Were these law-abiding officers or members of the Ku Klux Klan? Should they pull over or try to outrun their pursuers? The last day in the lives of these courageous young men is relived in this gripping story.

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