The Montgomery Bus Boycott

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In 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, the Montgomery bus boycott began. This book explains the background to the boycott and the long history of African-American slavery and oppression in the United States. It tells how and why the boycott succeeded where other brave efforts had failed, and of the ordinary and extraordinary people whose peaceful determination brought about that success. The book also looks at the Supreme Court of the United States and its decisions in the ...
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Overview

In 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, the Montgomery bus boycott began. This book explains the background to the boycott and the long history of African-American slavery and oppression in the United States. It tells how and why the boycott succeeded where other brave efforts had failed, and of the ordinary and extraordinary people whose peaceful determination brought about that success. The book also looks at the Supreme Court of the United States and its decisions in the 1950s that were turning points in the long struggle for African-American civil rights.

Describes how the black community of Montgomery, Alabama, staged the 1955 boycott to end segregation on public buses and discusses that struggle in the context of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The Civil Rights Movement in America was a social cause that came of age in the 1950's. At that time brave hearted individuals stepped forward to oppose a terrible system of discrimination that typified much of American society. Perhaps nowhere was this pattern of biased conduct more apparent than in the south where African-Americans were systematically separated from access to a decent life and privileges. There, in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955 one African-American took a bold step that set the stage for a massive victory for human rights. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus and thus began a one-year boycott of public transportation in that metropolis. Out of Rosa Parks' defiance and subsequent legal victory at the Supreme Court level came a new birth of freedom in a part of the American south. In Frank Walsh's The Montgomery Bus Boycott this story is ably told alongside a broader recounting of the efforts of many people to advocate for and against the Civil Rights Movement. Walsh uses a crisp writing style and numerous illustrations to tell a story that is of great importance in American history. As Walsh points out in this book, which is a volume in the "Landmark Events in American History" series, the efforts of Rosa Parks and the thousands of people who took part in the bus boycott that ensued helped set the stage for broader social change. This is a vital story ably told in this historical work. 2003, World Almanac Library,
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Brief but informative looks at two very different happenings. Opening chapters set the historical stage and the concluding chapter in each title outlines the effect on subsequent events. Both books are heavily illustrated with well-chosen and carefully placed archival photographs and, particularly in Bus Boycott, reproductions of historical documents. Uschan outlines the basic facts of those devastating two hours in 1941. Interested readers who make use of the "Further Information" suggestions can find stories of individual servicemen and civilians. Tom McGowen's The Attack on Pearl Harbor (Children's, 2002) provides a similar format and content for slightly younger readers, while Earle Rice, Jr.'s The Bombing of Pearl Harbor (Lucent, 2000) contains a fuller treatment for older students. Walsh races through a history of slavery in America, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and segregation in the first half of the 20th century before launching into his description of what he terms "the beginning of the African-American civil rights movement." Two of the Web sites included in this volume are not particularly useful for information on the Montgomery boycott. The Ferris State University Jim Crow Museum in particular seems an inappropriate choice for the students most likely to be reading this book. These are minor points, however, and both books will be useful for reports or, especially in the case of Uschan's volume, young history buffs. R. Conrad Stein's The Montgomery Bus Boycott (Children's, 1993) and Teresa Celsi's Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Millbrook, 1991) provide much of the same material as Walsh's book.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, formerly at Franklin Public Library, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836862058
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Graphic Histories Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Slavery in America 6
Chapter 2 Segregation and Racism 12
Chapter 3 The Spark 20
Chapter 4 The Boycott 28
Chapter 5 The Civil Rights Movement 36
Conclusion 42
Time Line 44
Glossary 45
Further Information 46
Index 47
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