Freedom Riders: 1961 And The Struggle For Racial Justice

ISBN-10: 0199754314
ISBN-13: 9780199754311
Author: Arsenault, Raymond
Interest Level: 9-12
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: March 2011

Copyright: 0

Page Count: 306


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Grades 9-12

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BISAC Subjects

SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights

POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Advocacy

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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, shocking the 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.