Freedom Writer: The Letters of Virginia Foster Dunn / Edition 1

Freedom Writer: The Letters of Virginia Foster Dunn / Edition 1

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by Patricia Sullivan
     
 

ISBN-10: 041594516X

ISBN-13: 9780415945165

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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. In her struggle to understand the South and battle isolation, she wrote hundreds of letters—humorous, sharp and observant—to her friends up north,

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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. In her struggle to understand the South and battle isolation, 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. With a keen intellect and an insatiable appetite for justice, Durr wrote from the front lines of the sit-ins, freedom rides and student protests. She was a member of the NAACP and a life-long friend of Rosa Parks, driving Parks home from jail the night of her arrest. As one of the few supporters of the Montgomery bus boycott, Durr lived on the margins of that city's black and white communities, her home a popular gathering place from government officials, union organizers and young activists. Published on the 100th anniversary of Durr's birth, her letters offer a window on a society in turmoil, chronicling the events that transformed the South and the nation. Her writing adds a distinctive glimpse into the day-to-day battles for racial justice at a pivotal moment in American history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415945165
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.24(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part One: Coming Home, 1951-1955
Part Two: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Rise of Massive Resistance, 1956-1960
Part Three: The Movement at High Tide, 1961-1965
Part Four: 1966-1968
Epilogue
Index

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