Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice / Edition 2by Raymond Arsenault
Pub. Date: 03/11/2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The saga of the Freedom Rides is an improbable, almost unbelievable story. In the course of six months in 1961, four hundred and fifty Freedom Riders expanded the realm of the possible in American politics, redefining the limits of dissent and setting the stage for the civil rights movement. In this new version of his encyclopedic Freedom Riders, Raymond Arsenault… See more details below
The saga of the Freedom Rides is an improbable, almost unbelievable story. In the course of six months in 1961, four hundred and fifty Freedom Riders expanded the realm of the possible in American politics, redefining the limits of dissent and setting the stage for the civil rights movement. In this new version of his encyclopedic Freedom Riders, Raymond Arsenault offers a significantly condensed and tautly written account. With characters and plot lines rivaling those of the most imaginative fiction, this is a tale of heroic sacrifice and unexpected triumph. Arsenault recounts how a group of volunteersblacks and whitescame together to travel from Washington DC through the Deep South, defying Jim Crow laws in buses and terminals and putting their lives on the line for racial justice. News photographers captured the violence in Montgomery, shocking the nation and sparking a crisis in the Kennedy administration. Here are the key playerstheir fears and courage, their determination and second thoughts, and the agonizing choices they faced as they took on Jim Crowand triumphed.
Winner of the Owsley Prize
Publication is timed to coincide with the airing of the American Experience miniseries documenting the Freedom Rides
"Arsenault brings vividly to life a defining moment in modern American history."
Eric Foner, The New York Times Book Review
"Authoritative, compelling history."
William Grimes, The New York Times
"For those interested in understanding 20th-century America, this is an essential book."
Roger Wilkins, Washington Post Book World
"Arsenault's record of strategy sessions, church vigils, bloody assaults, mass arrests, political maneuverings and personal anguish captures the mood and the turmoil, the excitement and the confusion of the movement and the time."
Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe
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Table of Contents
PLEASE NOTE: this TOC is for the unabridged edition.
List of Maps
1 You Don't Have To Ride Jim Crow
2 Beside the Weary Road
3 Hallelujah! I'm A-Travelin'
4 Alabama Bound
5 Get on Board, Little Children
6 If You Miss Me From the Back of the Bus
7 Freedom's Coming and It Won't Be Long
8 Make Me a Captive, Lord
9 Ain't Gonna Let No Jail House Turn Me 'Round
10 Woke Up This Morning with My Mind on Freedom
11 Oh, Freedom
Epilogue: Glory Bound
Appendix: Roster of Freedom Riders
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I was truly inspired by the the courage and dedication of the Freddom Rideers. The "riders" put their lives on the line for the cause of freedom. They also showed the world that injustice could be challenged by non violence. They withstood verbal intimidatio and physical attacks. Many were almost killed. But by holding firm to their beliefs of non vilence and justice they showed the world that evil could be succesfully challenged by non viollence. What I liked best about this story is that this was an intigrated group and people from all walks of life can come together and fight for a common cause.
I was blown away by the stories this book tells. It is very hard to believe that they did this and put an end to segargation. I look up to these people and to know their stories is all the better. Buy this book, u won't regret it
This is a good book to read with ur family. Its a good teachin for the kids to learn.