Freedom Riders Abridged: 1961 And The Struggle For Racial Justice

Paperback | March 25, 2011

byRaymond Arsenault

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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 volunteers - blacks and whites - came 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, shockingthe nation and sparking a crisis in the Kennedy administration. Here are the key players - their fears and courage, their determination and second thoughts, and the agonizing choices they faced as they took on Jim Crow - and triumphed.Winner of the Owsley Prize Publication is timed to coincide with the airing of the American Experience miniseries documenting the Freedom Rides

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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 Freed...

Raymond Arsenault is John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 25, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PLEASE NOTE: this TOC is for the unabridged edition.List of MapsEditors' NotePreface1. You Don't Have To Ride Jim Crow2. Beside the Weary Road3. Hallelujah! I'm A-Travelin'4. Alabama Bound5. Get on Board, Little Children6. If You Miss Me From the Back of the Bus7. Freedom's Coming and It Won't Be Long8. Make Me a Captive, Lord9. Ain't Gonna Let No Jail House Turn Me 'Round10. Woke Up This Morning with My Mind on Freedom11. Oh, FreedomEpilogue: Glory BoundAppendix: Roster of Freedom RidersNotesBibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndex

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"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