The book, Revolution explores the era of racial indifference and the expression of culture through Freedom Summer of the 1960s. Deborah Wiles, the author of Revolution expresses the story through the perspectives of Sunny, a Caucasian girl who experiences family issues simultaneously throughout Freedom Summer of Greenwood, and Raymond, an African American boy whose rebellion and tenacity leads Civil Rights in a positive direction.
After John F. Kennedy’s assassination, ghastly conditions overwhelmed the African American community. Protesters were arrested and killed, children were segregated while police corruption was abundant. Upon the white community, outrage occurred, protesting of KKK groups, death threats for supporters of African Americans, and closings of popular attractions, all examples that prove the dilemma of the sixties. Through family issues and political disagreements, Sunny and Raymond find themselves in a common yearning for change in addition to most of society. A common occurrence of the sixties was, of course, the Civil Rights Movement.
Embedded with morals and historical accuracy, Revolution conveys the meaning of unity in society, where we are united with the same problems of equality. Through fictional elements and historical accounts, Wiles connects groups interracially, as Sunny and Raymond share common grounds. While conveyed through fictional details, Deborah wiles include details about the Revolution of the Sixties, showing the equality of our society. For instance, John F. Kennedy’s assassination was shared with grief between multiple races, as many individuals experienced a rise of difficulties in sexuality, race, and religion, where we were all concerned with the circumstances of our issues, though ignoring our unity while differing.
Revolution depicts more than just the events of Freedom Summer in Greenwood, Mississippi, it communicates the unity of our nation and how equality is abundant regardless of segregated circumstances, through the Revolution of the Sixties.