What is the setting and time period of One Crazy Summer?

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The novel takes place in the late 1960s, specifically in 1968,] in the thralls of the battle for Civil Rights for minorities. It is a time period rife with violence and conflict as well as with discrimination and hatred. The story begins in New York until the three girls (around...

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The novel takes place in the late 1960s, specifically in 1968,] in the thralls of the battle for Civil Rights for minorities. It is a time period rife with violence and conflict as well as with discrimination and hatred. The story begins in New York until the three girls (around which the story is centered) travel to Oakland, California, to visit their mother. They end up getting involved with the Black Panthers, a militant civil rights group.

The setting of the story presents many conflicts as the girls' mother is arrested along with her fellow activists and the girls have to remain safe while also beginning to learn about the prejudiced and segregated nation in which they live. Eventually, when they return to Brooklyn with their father, they are changed, having seen a much more conflicted side of life.

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One Crazy Summer tells the story of three sisters who visit their mother in Oakland, California for the summer. The three sisters are Delphine, who is 11; Vonetta, who is 9; and Fern, who is 7. They live with their father and grandmother in Brooklyn, NY, but decide to spend a summer with their estranged mother, who lives in Oakland.

While there, they spend a lot of time at the People’s Center, which is run by the Black Panther Party. They learn about the positive things that the Black Panthers do and see them in a positive light. The story takes place in 1968, which is right at the end of the Civil Rights Movement.

Tensions are still high, and the three sisters return from a day trip to San Francisco to find their mother and other members of the Black Panther Party arrested. They stay with a friend from the center until their mother is released from jail, but the girls return home to New York shortly after her release.

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The setting of One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams Garcia, begins in New York and quickly moves to Oakland, California.  Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are travelling to Oakland to spend some time with their mother, Cecile.

Cecile abandoned them years earlier, but the girls want to spend some time with her anyway.  Their father believes it will be a good idea.  The girls, being from New York, think that because Oakland is in California that they are going to be right next door to Hollywood and Disneyland.  

That is not the case.  They spend their time in the worn-down slums of Oakland.  The time is the year is 1968, which puts the story right at what is considered the close of the civil rights movement. Knowing that date allows the reader to understand the author's focus on groups like the Black Panthers and on people like Malcolm X. 

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