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Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring story of resisting segregation in 1850s New York.

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This engaging and inspirational true story uses a wealth of archival photos and drawings to visually bring to life an almost forgotten heroine in civil rights history. While Elizabeth Jennings' story is sure to capture the interest of readers, the sheer amount and variety of supplementary information in Streetcar to Justice could be daunting to young readers who aren't history buffs. The sidebars and short chapters cover a huge amount of historical territory and run the gamut from the native Lenni-Lenape people to Civil War Draft Riots, Horace Greeley, Rosa Parks, and Chester A. Arthur's "creepy" summer home.

There's a bibliography, but it's surprising that many of the books listed are for adult readers or are described as "academic" or "scholarly" works. A list on the Suggested Reading page offers four books appropriate for young readers.

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