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She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  51 reviews

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in Virginia in the 1950s and witnessed the injustice of segregation firsthand. As a teenager, she joined the Civil Rights Movement, attending demonstrations and sit-ins. Because of her passionate belief in the cause, she was involved in several important and historically significant events, including

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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Shadow Mountain (first published June 7th 2016)
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She Stood for Freedom, by Loki Mulholland, 2016
This is a powerful book on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Joan Mulholland, a young white woman, joined the protest movement while in college and was present at every significant Civil Rights event. Joan was attacked and jailed for her conviction that “all men are created equal”. Her story is one that should be shared with all children and her message is still pertinent in today's troubled society: "Anyone can make a difference. It doesn't
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This informational book is about a young girl, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland who grew up in the 1950s and joined the civil rights movement. Although her parents didn’t agree with change, Joan didn’t think it was fair the way blacks were treated and marched for them and with them in many different demonstrations, including the March to Washington with MLK. This is an easy read best for middle schoolers who are learning about that time in history. The illustrations are great collages made up of drawin ...more
Mississippi Library Commission
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was led by strong conviction to make a change in the world, and boy did she ever! This short biography, perfect for 3-5 grades, does an excellent job of detailing the Civil Rights Movement, especially in Mississippi where Mulholland spent a lot of time. Readers will learn about the historic Freedom Summer, true, but events like the Woolworth sit-in are also covered. The memorabilia and photographs were a great touch. Highly recommended, especially for Mississippi school ...more
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.)

I've been reading a ton of civil rights biographies written for kids lately (picture book through YA) and so if I say this is a perfectly serviceable civil rights biography written for kids, it's no slight on the book. It's solid.

One thing I particularly noticed is its great use of primary source documents. Really punch you in the gut, they do, and make the story much more lively.
Kathleen Duffy
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I adore this woman! Fearless and driven, humble & kind, & embodies Americanism, Christianity, & righteousness.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

The 64 page version is the version I will buy for my middle school library.

This was an interesting publishing phenomenon. Usually, we see really long nonfiction that may cover a person who made less than optimal life choices made into "Young Readers Editions" so we don't get all of the dirt on, say, Louis Zamperini's exploits in Unbroken. But to see a picture book version and one only 24 pages longer seems interesting.

I ended up reading both, because our 7
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This story centers around Joan Mulholland, a white woman who grew up in Virginia in the 1950's who was passionate about the Civil Rights Movement. She was committed to do what she could and never backed down, whether her life was in danger or she wound up in jail.

I read this book with my children and, even though it's not very long, it took us a while to read because we had some great discussions along the way. It's filled with short stories about some of Joan's experiences, with photos and type
Lauren Marlene Sanders-Jones
My sorority chapter read this book as part of our national reading incentive. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, the subject of this book, was the first white woman to become a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, my sorority. Her son Loki, the author, joined our virtual book club discussion of the book. We had a lively and enlightening discussion. Loki is an engaging book club meeting participant whose love for and pride in his mother are most evident and well-deserved.

Joan Trumpauer Mu
This book is a biography of the life of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Mulholland was a white woman who grew up in the south during the Civil Right's Movement. When she was young she visited the black part of town and saw how different the black schoolhouse was to her school for whites. This ignited a spark in her and she knew she had to do something. This was the start of her changing lives. After graduating high school she attended an all black college, participated in demonstrations, was a freedo ...more
This book is nice, but I'm not sure what the audience really is. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a young white woman who labored valliantly in the civil rights movement in the early 60s. In order to understand the import of her work, you really need to discuss white supremacy, which the book doesn't. I'm afraid that for kids the context would be unclear and the whole book might be puzzling. Maybe for white kids today it might be of interest because they may be hearing about Black Lives Matter and ...more
Andrea Williams
This a children's book written for little kids. This woman's legacy deserves a full adult style book about all her accomplishments. What a shame. If you have a child it is a 5star read.

Don't waste your money eye of you are an adult. 5 stars if you read on a 4th grade level. It is a shame that this woman's legacy did not garner a full length book about her life.
Debra  Golden
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This new biography of a civil rights 'freedom rider' is accessible to young children and adults. We have two version and one is filled with photos and the other sticks with illustrations. I had not heard of her before, and many in her family disproved or didn't know her full story.
I read the entire book - twice-and I'm still not clear who this woman is/was? What were her motivations? How did she transition from civil rights activism to wife with three kids? etc etc etc
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Civil rights stories are always inspiring.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story of a woman who chose to do what is right, no matter what.
Dewin Anguas Barnette
Very good book. I had often seen Joan Trumpauer’s photo in the Freedom Rides literature but never knew her story. It is great to “know” her now!
Avery Ellison
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't find this quite as compelling as I wanted it to be until nearly the middle of the book. By the end I was moved. The art is beautiful. I love the stylized look of an image over an image.
She Stood for Freedom was fantastic. I had already burst into tears on the first page- actually, the introduction. I burst into tears at least 3 more times while reading. The story is just so powerful, and it was full of so many surprises.

Spoiler: Joan is the girl in that famous lunch counter photo. She was at every big event in the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s: Freedom Rides, March on Washington, Sit-ins, Jail-ins.

The full title of the book is: “She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of
Cindy Hudson
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the late 1950s and early 60s, Joan Trumpauer was a teenager living in Virginia. The times were turbulent in the South, as court decisions went against the “separate but equal” mindset of race relations, and schools and other venues were ordered to integrate. Joan was white, but she believed that everyone should be treated equally. As she grew older, she participated in the Civil Rights Movement, getting arrested and beaten time and again.

She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Righ
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There has been a big push lately for social studies classes to use primary sources when studying various events and individuals. Books such as She Stood for Freedom help to meet this demand by combining a narrative with images of historic photographs, newspaper headlines, informational flyers, and even diary entries. The narrative is broken into easily readable chunks, which all have headings to make it easy to find what the reader needs. The description of what Joan and her fellow Civil Rights ...more
Laura N
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
She Stood for Freedom tells the story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a Civil Rights activist. Joan participated in sit-ins, was part of the Freedom Riders, met Martin Luther King,Jr. and was arrested multiple times for her work in the Civil Rights Movement.
I’m not sure what to think of She Stood for Freedom. The book focuses on an important time in American history. But the story itself feels disjointed. It begi
Wonky title aside, She Stood for Freedom is a strong nonfiction book for middle grade kids. It follows the life of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, from the time when she was a young white girl growing up in segregated Virginia and Georgia in the 1950s, through her experiences during the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia and Mississippi in the 1960s, and ending in her adult years back in Virginia. The text is a fairly easy read and a lot of the potentially foreign concepts (sit-ins, jail-ins, freedom ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, juv-bio
Joan Trumpauer was an ordinary teenager who did an extraordinary thing. What did she do? "Nothing. Nothing but act like an American." Joan stood and sat and spoke for freedom as a participant in some of the most iconic and important moments of the Civil Rights Movement. The book is written in a somewhat childlike tone -- it made sense when I realized the author is the son of Joan Trumpauer. Loki Mulholland recounts his mother's life and experiences with as they might have been told to him as a b ...more
I received this book as an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is for children in the middle grades, but can be of interest to both teens and adults, who want a simple and basic introduction to the Civil Right Movement. Being that this book was an ARC, an Advanced Reader Copy, this book had not yet been edited and the formatting was very much off. At times, it was a little difficult to follow since the text was on a different page, than the text u
Amy Lafleur Meyers
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a white girl growing up in Virginia and also often visiting her grandmother in Oconee, Georgia. Segregation was the way of life in the South but Joan didn't understand why people thought that it was okay. She was taught in church and school that all people were equal and to treat others how you want to be treated. As a student in 1960, Mulholland joined the Civil Rights Movement. She participated in sit-ins, peaceful protests, and marches at great risk to herself. S ...more
Joan Koster
In the 1960s, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in sit ins, marches, jail-ins, Freedom rides, and served time in jail. Illustrated with photographs and artifacts from the Civil Rights era and Joan's life, this biography by her son, Loki Mulholland, provides an excellent introduction to the time period, and the bravery of the protesters who risk their lives to end segregation.

I recommend this book highly. It is beautifully written and illustrated and brings to life the young white teenage gi
Despite growing up in the segregated South, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland recognized the segregation surrounding her was wrong and she took steps to change things. From marches and sit-ins to attending a historically black college, Joan walked the talk.

This book highlights the ways she participated in the Civil Rights Movement, but the most inspirational part for me is a line that comes from Joan years later. "It doesn't matter how old or young you are. Find a problem, get some friends together, an
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, teen
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a short but powerful true story. During the 1950's and early 1960's the civil rights movement was very big. This book tells of a teen growing up during the civil rights era , who just wanted everyone to have the same rights and that no one would be discriminated because of race or religious affiliation.
She made friends with, marched beside, was jailed and went to sit ins to prove a point. She also went to a university that wasn't seg
Teresa Bateman
Subtitled "The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland" this is a different story of the Civil Rights Movement. It had its African-American heroes, but there were also white people who put their lives and reputations on the line to stand up for what they believed to be right. They faced many of the same challenges, but many also lost all their white friends. This is the story of a young woman who joined the Freedom Riders, was involved in sit-ins, and was even jailed for h ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not care for this book at all. It could have been excellent if Mulholland had stuck to describing what she experienced and didn't try to toot her own horn. To paraphrase (I received a free ARC from Shelf Awareness): I was different from the other kids in my class because I knew black people - they cleaned my house and did my yardwork. Whoa! Really - so you, a white Southern kid apparently from a family with money, KNEW these people working in your house? That just struck me as wrong. And t ...more
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