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The Young Crusaders

The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers Who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement

Author: V. P. Franklin

The first book about the civil rights activism of children and teenagers in the Civil Rights Movement
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“In The Young Crusaders, V. P. Franklin reveals that the entire history of civil rights protest has depended in large measure on activism by children and teenagers. Covering events in nearly fifty cities, the book is stunning in its breadth and proves the undeniable impact and courage of these youthful activists. Their voices and stories resonate powerfully today, and should energize and inspire a new generation of young activists in their fight for reparations and equality.”
—Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and author of History Teaches Us to Resist

“Filling a void in our understanding of the civil rights movement, V. P. Franklin presents the remarkable and largely untold story of young peoples’ central role in the movement. The Young Crusaders reveals the unheralded work of children and teens, showcasing the incredible power of youth activism for our time, for all time.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award–winning and #1 New York Times best-selling author

“Few make history jump off the pages like V. P. Franklin, one of the field’s most prominent and thoughtful historians. The Young Crusaders will stand as the definitive untold history of young people getting into ‘good trouble’ for racial justice. Franklin documents the relentless history of young people resisting and launching social justice campaigns for civil rights, educational justice, Black Power, and reparations. Both revelatory as well as a joy to read, it is a profound reflection on the power of young crusaders to change the world.”
—Bettina Love, author of We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

The Young Crusaders

ISBN: 978-080704007-2
Publication Date: 2/23/2021
Size:6 x 9 Inches (US)
Price:  $30.00
Format: Cloth
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Will Ship On: February 2021
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