Midnight Without a Moon

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Midnight Without a Moon
Author: Williams Jackson, Linda
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1955
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Civil Rights
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2017

American History > Modern Age > African American History

It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. For now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation. Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change and that she should be part of the movement. Linda Jackson’s moving debut seamlessly blends a fictional portrait of an African American family and factual events from a famous trial that provoked change in race relations in the United States.

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