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Virginia Foster Durr was a monumental champion for civil rights. A white southerner who returned to Alabama in 1951 after twenty years in Washington, she was horrified to revisit the racism of her childhood. She wrote hundreds of letters - humorous, sharp and observant - to her friends up north, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, Hugo Black and C. Vann Woodward.
Published on the 100th anniversary of Durr's birth, her letters offer a distinctive glimpse into the day-to-day battles for racial justice at a pivotal moment in American history.
|A Guide to Correspondents|
|Pt. 1||Going Home to Alabama, 1951-1955||27|
|Pt. 2||The Montgomery Bus Boycott and After, 1956-1960||95|
|Pt. 3||The Movement at High Tide, 1961-1965||231|
|Pt. 4||"A Big Change Has Come", 1966-1968||349|
Posted May 16, 2013