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Silver Rights

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This “sure-to-be-classic account of 1960s desegregation” (Los Angeles Times) tells the inspiring story of the Carters, black Mississippi sharecroppers who sent their children to integrate an all-white school system. “Silver Rights is pure gold!” (Julian Bond). Introduction by Marian Wright Edelman.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 10th 1996 by Mariner Books (first published January 10th 1995)
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Apr 19, 2013 Lillian rated it liked it
Much of this book examines the life of Mae Bertha Carter and her children and their integration of the schools in Drew, Sunflower county, Mississippi in 1965. It is a story that perhaps can be told of many schools in the south and of the brave families that, through threats and intimidation were unafraid to exercise their new found civil rights. The most interesting part of this book is the story of Mae Bertha Carter and her marriage to Mathew Carter.She was a fearless woman, committed to her fa ...more
Oct 29, 2007 Julia rated it liked it
I'm enjoying this book but have put it down for a while--it recounts the story of a Mississippi family and their children's experiences as the first black students to desegretate the formerly all-white schools in their county. Reading first-hand accounts of this period of history is pretty incredible, though at times startling to realize that these events occurred less than 50 years ago.
Apr 18, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Mae Bertha and Matthew Carter, African American sharecroppers on a cotton plantation in Sunflower County, Mississippi, wanted the best for their thirteen children. By 1965, the best education they could get for their children was in white schools in Drew. They didn't realize that the "freedom of choice" law that the Mississippi state legislature had recently passed was a ruse that allowed the state to appear as though it were complying with the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ...more
Mar 10, 2010 Barbara rated it liked it
This is not the best book I've read about the civil rights movement, but still manages to astonish with how things were so recently and how brave some people were and how cruel others were. The author worked for the AFSC providing support to courageous black families who were pushing for desegregation in the south. Noble work, but so risky for the black families. I wanted those white do-gooders to go and convince the whites to accept integration and not murder/ displace blacks. Has there ever be ...more
May 10, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent history (written by a lovely patient of mine) of one family's struggle to single-handedly desegregate the schools in a Mississippi County in the 60s. So hard to believe this was only a few decades ago...
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Apr 24, 2011 Annie Yang rated it did not like it
I really don't like this book. It's very boring. Throughout the whole book, the author just had one event then another; theres no exciting part and it is very dull to me. I wouldn't advise you to read this book.
Jun 21, 2008 Leah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Such a wonderful account of the black struggle in 1950-60's rural South (Mississippi to be exact). You'll fall in love with the Carter family as they become the first black family to integrate the local white school system.
Nov 06, 2010 Mary rated it it was ok
Great if you are reading it for history only.
Jan 19, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this while I was in law school. It was an extremely lively portrayal of life during the Civil Rights movement.
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