Crossing Border Street: A Civil Rights Memoir / Edition 1

Crossing Border Street: A Civil Rights Memoir / Edition 1

by Peter Jan Honigsberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520234596

ISBN-13: 9780520234598

Pub. Date: 02/22/2002

Publisher: University of California Press


In 1966 Peter Jan Honigsberg--a young, idealistic law student--arrived in the South to help provide legal representation for civil rights workers. Although based in New Orleans, most of his work was in the city of Bogalusa and in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Bogalusa was the heart of the Louisiana movement and the home of one of the most formidable but

Overview


In 1966 Peter Jan Honigsberg--a young, idealistic law student--arrived in the South to help provide legal representation for civil rights workers. Although based in New Orleans, most of his work was in the city of Bogalusa and in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Bogalusa was the heart of the Louisiana movement and the home of one of the most formidable but little-known black organizations in the country--the Deacons for Defense and Justice, the first modern-day African American organization to carry weapons and to respond with force against the Ku Klux Klan. This riveting memoir, one of only a handful of first-person full-length accounts of the civil rights movement, is both a stirring coming-of-age story and a thrilling chronicle of a remarkable era in United States history.

Honigsberg's engaging narrative conveys the emotions and personal dangers activists faced. He describes how the Deacons worked with the Bogalusa Voters League to boycott the white-owned businesses in the downtown area and to integrate the local schools, restaurants, parks, and paper mill.

Unlike many law students, Honigsberg not only worked on legal issues; he participated directly in marches and demonstrations. His narrative includes lively firsthand accounts of his attempt--with a group of black and white demonstrators--to integrate a beach on Lake Pontchartrain, his experience marching through hostile Ku Klux Klan territory under the eye of the National Guard, and his witnessing a prominent civil rights leader lift his car's trunk to display a cache of carbines and grenades to a station attendant who refused to fill the tank with gas. This memoir provides a unique glimpse into the civil rights movement and the people who were forever changed by its struggle for human dignity and its vision of racial justice and equality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520234598
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/22/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
A Memoryxiii
Thanksxv
1.From the Subway to Mississippi1.
2.Armed Escorts17
3.Klan Violence and the Deacons26
4.First Cousins34
5.Evenings at Cozy Corners45
6.Stepping off the Sidelines51
7.Welcome to New Orleans58
8.Litigating the End to Segregation68
9.Hiroshima Vigil80
10.Slave Quarters on Royal Street89
11.An Unwarranted Touching93
12.Louisiana Justice98
13.Jailhouse Fears104
14.Sobol v Perez110
15."Throw Me Something, Mister"119
16.Unsettling Experiences126
17."We'll Bring Your Freedom Back to You"134
18.Moving On149
Afterword157
Notes165
Index171

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