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Summary: The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission had a secret mission: destroy civil rights activities and maintain segregation. From infiltrating groups with spies to targeting specific individuals, the book outlines the all-out efforts to maintain the status quo. This nonfiction history includes pictures, illustrations, and an extensive bibliography.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 10 and Up; read yourself: 13 and Up
Interest Level: 10 and Up
Reading Level: 10.1
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: My reactions ranged from intrigue to disbelief to outrage. I had no knowledge of the Sovereignty Commission or just how outrageously it (and others) misbehaved. I would add this to my "must read" list for all high school students.
Pros: Everyone needs to read this story about anti-Civil Rights activities in the 1950s and 1960s. It will add depth to their understanding of the time.
Cons: None. Note: This book is listed as being for a middle school audience, but the reading level is at a high school level.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book you'll read and want to give to others because they need to know this history, too.
Educational Themes: There are multiple facets of history to study in this book. There is the socio-cultural pieces of the Civil rights movement in the deep South, but there is also an opportunity to look at how governments work (for better or worse) and what intelligence services do.
Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - US history, Black History, 1960s, 1950s, Civil Rights Movement
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.