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BLACKLISTED!: Hollywood, the Cold

War, and the First Amendment

World War II is over, but tensions between communist Soviet Union and the U.S. are at an all-time high.  In America, communist threats are seen everywhere. This is the story of nineteen men--all from the film industry--who are summoned to appear before the House of Representatives Committee on Un- American Activities. Ten of these nineteen become known as the Hollywood Ten.  “Brimner vividly chronicles the hearings and their fallout, braiding stories of individuals into the overall narrative. . . . A chilling look at a time when the government waged war on civil liberties, with the public a complicit ally.” --Kirkus Reviews (STARRED) “The book most likely to get you investigated by the FBI if you’re caught reading it...This one might even get you pulled over for a thorough search by the TSA.” --The Booklist Bookshelf, “Cindy and Lynn’s ALA Annual 2018 Exhibit Book Awards” 

TWELVE DAYS IN MAY: FREEDOM

RIDE 1961

Thirteen friends purchase bus tickets to New Orleans, Louisiana. They plan to reach that city on May 17 to help celebrate the seventh anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. They are men and women, young and old, black and white. They are people with a plan. They chat quietly, nervously, excitedly. They are prepared for the unexpected. This is their story. “Brimner does an excellent job giving the necessary context for the events, and the day-by-day focus provides dramatic tension for the narrative.” - Kirkus Reviews “Brimner’s merger of history with photographs imparts the drama and significance of the Freedom Ride of 1961. ... Crucial to the even-handed writing of the text is a controlled tone, free of unnecessary accusations and sensationalism. ... An essential addition to public and middle school libraries.” -VOYA   ”Brimner, the author of several other books about civil rights in this era, knows the material well and presents a straightforward narrative approach to the subject that will appeal to readers. The stark, black- and-white design of the text emphasizes the directness of the prose, while the riveting, full-page photos and descriptive captions enhance the reading experience. VERDICT An essential part of civil rights collections and a worthy addition to all nonfiction shelves.” - School Library Journal (STARRED) “Brimner . . . presents a tightly focused, present-tense account of what happened during the May 1961 Freedom Rides. . . . [T]he many large, archival black-and-white photos transport readers back in time. . . . A memorable presentation of inherently dramatic and historically significant events.” -Booklist (STARRED)  
2018 SIBERT MEDAL!!!  2018 Carter G. Woodson Award (NCSS)
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© Larry Dane Brimner, Trustee, Brimner/Gregg Trust, 2015; Home Page Author Photo Credit: Roxyanne Young

NEWS

WHAT’S NEW IN LARRY’S WORLD?

BLACKLISTED!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First

Amendment

World War II is over, but tensions between communist Soviet Union and the U.S. are at an all-time high. In America, communist threats are seen everywhere. This is the story of nineteen men--all from the film industry--who are summoned to appear before the House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities. Ten of these nineteen become known as the Hollywood Ten.  “Brimner vividly chronicles the hearings and their fallout, braiding stories of individuals into the overall narrative. . . . A chilling look at a time when the government waged war on civil liberties, with the public a complicit ally.” --Kirkus Reviews (STARRED) “The book most likely to get you investigated by the FBI if you’re caught reading it...This one might even get you pulled over for a thorough search by the TSA.” --The Booklist Bookshelf, “Cindy and Lynn’s ALA Annual 2018 Exhibit Book Awards” 

TWELVE DAYS IN MAY: FREEDOM RIDE 1961

Thirteen friends purchase bus tickets to New Orleans, Louisiana. They plan to reach that city on May 17 to help celebrate the seventh anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. They are men and women, young and old, black and white. They are people with a plan. They chat quietly, nervously, excitedly. They are prepared for the unexpected. This is their story. “Brimner does an excellent job giving the necessary context for the events, and the day-by-day focus provides dramatic tension for the narrative.” -Kirkus Reviews “Brimner’s merger of history with photographs imparts the drama and significance of the Freedom Ride of 1961. ... Crucial to the even-handed writing of the text is a controlled tone, free of unnecessary accusations and sensationalism. ... An essential addition to public and middle school libraries.” -VOYA   ”Brimner, the author of several other books about civil rights in this era, knows the material well and presents a straightforward narrative approach to the subject that will appeal to readers. The stark, black-and-white design of the text emphasizes the directness of the prose, while the riveting, full- page photos and descriptive captions enhance the reading experience. VERDICT An essential part of civil rights collections and a worthy addition to all nonfiction shelves.” -School Library Journal (STARRED) “Brimner . . . presents a tightly focused, present-tense account of what happened during the May 1961 Freedom Rides. . . . [T]he many large, archival black-and-white photos transport readers back in time. . . . A memorable presentation of inherently dramatic and historically significant events.” - Booklist (STARRED)  

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