Protests, Riots, and Rebellions by Tracey Vasil Biscontini & Kathleen J. Edgar | SLJ Review

Gr 5-9 –The first volume of this clear, measured set on protest examines movements involving animal rights, African American and Hispanic/Latinx civil rights, economics, the environment, free speech, and globalization.

Biscontini cover imageredstarBISCONTINI, Tracey Vasil & Kathleen J. Edgar, eds. Protests, Riots, and Rebellions: Civil Unrest in the Modern World. 3 vols. 720p. chron. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Gale. Mar. 2018. Tr $286. ISBN 9781410339089.

Gr 5-9 –The first volume of this clear, measured set on protest examines movements involving animal rights, African American and Hispanic/Latinx civil rights, economics, the environment, free speech, and globalization. The second volume explores human, immigrant, indigenous, labor, and LGBTQ rights; gun issues; and independence movements, while the third deals with political, racial, reproductive, and women’s rights, as well as anti-Nazi, anti-slavery, and antiwar movements. An overview of each topic is followed by specific examples: the Tea Party movement, Occupy Wall Street, Dalits in India fighting against their so-called “untouchable” status, the Grito de Lares uprising in Puerto Rico, Operation Rescue, Westboro Baptist Church, the Stonewall riots, and protests in Charlottesville, VA. The chronology spans 1760 to 2017, but articles cite protests in ancient times as well. Open-ended critical thinking questions and research and activity ideas significantly extend the work’s utility. Frequent color photographs and an uncluttered layout enhance the reading experience. The coverage is objective and thorough, presenting multiple sides of complex issues and acknowledging historical, social, and economic context. Naturally not exhaustive, the work is extensive in scope (global but U.S.-centric). VERDICT Every student will benefit from this attractive, informative, well-organized set.–Patricia D. Lothrop, formerly at St. George’s School, Newport, RI This review was published in the School Library Journal July 2018 issue.

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