"Catsam has given us a history of pivotal political events that honors continuity and change, individual stories and political structures, and leadership and mass mobilization." North Carolina Historical Review"
"A vivid, readable narrative.... Catsam gives a clear sense of what the movement was up against, while insisting that the cost of pursuing justice need not be so high." Journal of American History"
"Besides being impeccably researched and offering its readers a gripping tale, this multilayered interpretation lifts Catsam's work a cut above most civil rights narratives, all without sacrificing the rich stories of individual participants." American Historical Review"
" Freedom's Main Line is a compelling, spellbinding examination of a pivotal event in civil rights history, and it should appeal to both a lay and professional audience…. By layering the flesh of human interest over well-formed scholarly bones, Catsam has created a highly readable and dramatic account of a major turning point not just in the Civil Rights Movement, but in recent U.S. history." Journal of African-American History"
"Offers new interpretation of the freedom rides of 1961, arguing that the campaign was central to the transition that occurred in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.... A welcome addition." Journal of Southern History"
"An outstanding narrative of a transformative movement." American Studies"
"Catsam's highly readable account of both the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation and the 1961 Freedom Rides illustrates the link between both events, but also encourages us to reconsider the timeline and significance of interstate transportation integration in the long Civil Rights Movement." Southern Historian"