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As with many social problems, it can sometimes be challenging to understand and comprehend them as the ones who are involved if you yourself aren t involved with the issue Surely, there were people who lived during the Civil Rights era who couldn t realize just how important it really was This was the case for Duvy Greenberg, an ordinary twelve year old boy who tries his best to fit in with his football team, doesn t understand much about the world outside of his own and has a father who is a As with many social problems, it can sometimes be challenging to understand and comprehend them as the ones who are involved if you yourself aren t involved with the issue Surely, there were people who lived during the Civil Rights era who couldn t realize just how important it really was This was the case for Duvy Greenberg, an ordinary twelve year old boy who tries his best to fit in with his football team, doesn t understand much about the world outside of his own and has a father who is a civil rights lawyer The way Greenberg tells the story of the Civil Rights era through his past young self while adding parts of fiction is a unique and interesting concept that can often be overlooked when reading writing about events in history While reading, you experience Duvy s progression throughout each and every day, with his father Jack teaching him about the problems discrimination caused for people, and you achieve an understanding of the world through the eyes of the young boy, as the story still portrays Duvy as your average twelve year old trying to make it through life and the many hardships that come with it (((DOWNLOAD KINDLE))) ☋ A Tugging String: A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era ☝ Duvy Greenberg is an ordinary twelve year old trying to fit in He knows that his father, Jack, is a civil rights lawyer, but Duvy lives worlds away from Dorothy Milton, a black woman struggling to become a registered voter in Selma, Alabama When Dorothy reaches out to Martin Luther King Jr for help, she sets in motion a series of events that with Jack Greenberg s help will open Duvy s eyes to the reality of racial inequality and forever change the course of history Blending facts, speeches, memories, and conjecture, this novel portrays the emotions and events surrounding the Selma Montgomery Voting Rights March There is no Southern problem There is no Northern problem There is only an American problem Recommended by one of our librarians, I enjoyed revisiting the tumultuous 1960s in America Vietnam, civil rights, andThis HF text is a solid MS read, packed to the brim with facts, people, and key events from the time period I enjoyed the alternating chapters between Duvy s life at home and various civil rights happenings I also enjoyed reading chunks of Lyndon B Johnson s speech on votingThere is no Southern problem There is no Northern problem There is only an American problem Recommended by one of our librarians, I enjoyed revisiting the tumultuous 1960s in America Vietnam, civil rights, andThis HF text is a solid MS read, packed to the brim with facts, people, and key events from the time period I enjoyed the alternating chapters between Duvy s life at home and various civil rights happenings I also enjoyed reading chunks of Lyndon B Johnson s speech on voting rights and Martin Luther King Jr s address to the Selma to Montgomery marchers such powerful and eloquent thoughts from each man I think students will read this book and be eager to learnabout the time period A tugging string by David Greenberg is a great book if you wanted to know how it was during the civil rights era It also has a great description of how blacks lived during this time and what they went threw If it was for David Greenberg a white man some things would have never been done. A recent gift from my future mother father in law was a signed copy of A Tugging String by David T Greenberg, son of Jack Greenberg former director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund A Tugging String is a nonfiction novel set during the Civil Right Movement, specifically during the 1960s and the years leading up to the Selma Montgomery Voting Rights March of 1965 What a great resource this book would be in a classroom late elementary into middle school where the Civil Rights Movement was b A recent gift from my future mother father in law was a signed copy of A Tugging String by David T Greenberg, son of Jack Greenberg former director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund A Tugging String is a nonfiction novel set during the Civil Right Movement, specifically during the 1960s and the years leading up to the Selma Montgomery Voting Rights March of 1965 What a great resource this book would be in a classroom late elementary into middle school where the Civil Rights Movement was being studied Author David T Greenberg s very accessible and autobiographical account of his childhood as the son of a leading attorney for prominent Civil Rights leaders gives readers a riveting front row seat to history being made A Tugging String contains facts But A Tugging String also contains the raw storytelling that comes from someone who stood as witness to the events of that volatile time Having a deep and abiding interest in the Civil Rights Movement, I found Greenberg s novel an important read, especially considering the recent Supreme Court case of Shelby County vs Holder and the ruling where the coverage formula in Section 4 b of the Voting Rights Act VRA , which was used to determine the states and political subdivisions subject to Section 5 preclearance, was unconstitutional We have a lot to think about as a nation right now Discrimination comes in many guises We have to be vigilant and, as Greenburg says in Tugging, we have to do what s right Near the end of the novel, David s father shares with him the poem If by Rudyard Kipling Outside of rope skipping rhymes and Roberta Flack song lyrics, this particular poem is the first poem that I ever memorized as a youngster Sadly, I can no longer recite it on command But it is a beautiful poem, full of meaning If by Rudyard Kipling Brother Square Toes Rewards and Fairies If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don t deal in lies, Or being hated, don t give way to hating, And yet don t look too good, nor talk too wise If you can dream and not make dreams your master If you can think and not make thoughts your aim If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same If you can bear to hear the truth you ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build em up with worn out tools If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch and toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them Hold on If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that s in it, And which isyou ll be a Man, my son This book really helps you realize WHY and HOW the Civil Rights Era played out Not only did the author help us realize this, but also help us think about good vs evil, racism, and how different life was back then. Greenberg alternates between telling the story of being the son of a leading Civil Rights lawyer and a fictionalized retelling of some of the major Civil Rights events of 1964 65 I found it fascinating that his father really did defend most of the key players in the Civil Rights movement, and even was one of the lawyers who argued for Brown v Board of Education Greenberg carefully spells out which aspects of his story are true, and which he fictionalized for dramatic purposes I really apprec Greenberg alternates between telling the story of being the son of a leading Civil Rights lawyer and a fictionalized retelling of some of the major Civil Rights events of 1964 65 I found it fascinating that his father really did defend most of the key players in the Civil Rights movement, and even was one of the lawyers who argued for Brown v Board of Education Greenberg carefully spells out which aspects of his story are true, and which he fictionalized for dramatic purposes I really appreciated that, because few authors are that thorough I would really like to read his father s book, Crusaders in the Courts, but I see that it s over 600 pages, so it will probably be a while before I get to something that heavy I really liked Greenberg s inclusion of actual speeches and court cases I was unfamiliar myself with these powerful words, and think it s great that children who read the novel will be introduced to them The excerpt of LBJ s speech as he introduced the Voting Rights Act was particularly moving and powerful Somehow I d never read or heard it before, and it s very inspiring Did he write it, or did someone write it for him Either way, I have a lot of respect for the bravery it took to speak out so strongly in favor of Civil Rights in such a turbulent and violent time.Of course the real hero of the book is Greenberg s father, who was unrelenting in his quest for justice and still managed to be a great dad to his sons I enjoyed many of the anecdotes of Duvy s childhood, especially when he tries to treat his curly hair with eggs and beer In the middle of all the intense drama, it made me laugh out loud However, one story involving his little brother peeing in the car really seemed unnecessary to me and I couldn t really see how it was important to the larger story being told.For parents It should also be noted that there are a few instances of harsh language, and the racist characters in the book use the N word and other racial slurs A Tugging String A Novel about Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era by David T Greenberg Historical Fiction, 6th grade and up What a powerful novel and reflection on the impact a man has on the lifes of so many when taking risks with this life to do what is right Made me so grateful to brave lawyers Made me appreciate seeing the experience through the eyes of that lawyer s young son What an interesting premise If I were sharing this book with students right now I d promote it with ju A Tugging String A Novel about Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era by David T Greenberg Historical Fiction, 6th grade and up What a powerful novel and reflection on the impact a man has on the lifes of so many when taking risks with this life to do what is right Made me so grateful to brave lawyers Made me appreciate seeing the experience through the eyes of that lawyer s young son What an interesting premise If I were sharing this book with students right now I d promote it with just a few words voting rights, bombs, death threats, Martin Luther King, Jr Since I m living right now through a pretty interesting voting rights movement in Hong Kong with Occupy Central, this book made me appreciate evenso how challenging, risk taking, and inspiring this book, A Tugging String, can be I was concerned at first at whether this book would be appropriate to share with my students here in Hong Kong, but how could I not It points out the development of civil liberties and shows students how hard it was for the United States to sort out rights of the people Fantastic book, wonderful author, so glad I finally had time to pick it up Author David Greenberg is visiting our school, so I thought it would be both proper and appropriate to have read something of his before he came His latest offering and 1st novel is A Tugging String A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era Maybe my review should be taken with a grain of salt since I ve been email with David and have somewhat of a relationship with him, but I was blown away by this book He is like a male Scout of To Kill a Mockingbird His father, Jack Greenberg Author David Greenberg is visiting our school, so I thought it would be both proper and appropriate to have read something of his before he came His latest offering and 1st novel is A Tugging String A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era Maybe my review should be taken with a grain of salt since I ve been email with David and have somewhat of a relationship with him, but I was blown away by this book He is like a male Scout of To Kill a Mockingbird His father, Jack Greenberg, was a civil rights attorney in the 1960 s, working with such giants in history as Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King Jr The book is a fictionalized account of David growing up during this time and trying to make sense out of black white relationships, hate KKK and the Vietnam War , and concern for his father Footnotes and afterwards by David and his father separate fact from fiction and make for a great, accessible read for children learning about the civil rights movement or whoever can enjoy this fictionalized coming of age tale A short, but sweet, novel about a young man growing up in the Civil Rights era But not just any young man, a young man whose father is a white Legal Defence Fund lawyer for the NAACP He carefully interweaves fiction with fact, but clearly states which is which throughout the novel The story centres on Martin Luther King Jr and his followers peaceful protest march from Selma to Montgomery, after black people were facing discrimination when registering to vote He created characters especially A short, but sweet, novel about a young man growing up in the Civil Rights era But not just any young man, a young man whose father is a white Legal Defence Fund lawyer for the NAACP He carefully interweaves fiction with fact, but clearly states which is which throughout the novel The story centres on Martin Luther King Jr and his followers peaceful protest march from Selma to Montgomery, after black people were facing discrimination when registering to vote He created characters especially for the novel, which add a plot and a conclusion to the story There s a lot of nitty gritty about the nonsensical violence the protestors faced from the authorities and some of it is quite graphic, but it is vital information that mustn t be forgotten I would have liked to have hadthe book is quite short and easy to read, but it was interesting to hear about the civil rights era from a boy who was literally in the middle of it all