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Author Silver, Carol Ruth

Title Freedom rider diary : smuggled notes from Parchman Prison / Carol Ruth Silver
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 188 pages)
Series Willie Morris books in memoir and biography
Willie Morris books in memoir and biography.
Contents Raymond Arsenault -- New York -- Traveling south -- The crime -- Justice -- Hinds County Jail -- The boys go to Parchman -- Maximum security unit -- Parchman continued -- Out! -- And off -- And back -- Events -- "Comes now the defendant ..." -- Afterword / Cherie A. Gaines -- Claude Albert Liggins, freedom rider -- Autobiographical notes / Carol Ruth Silver -- Chapter notes -- Suggested additional readings and documentary films
Summary Arrested as a Freedom Rider in June of 1961, Carol Ruth Silver, a twenty-two-year-old recent college graduate originally from Massachusetts, spent the next forty days in Mississippi jail cells, including the Maximum Security Unit at the infamous Parchman Prison Farm. She chronicled the events and her experiences on hidden scraps of paper which amazingly she was able to smuggle out. These raw written scraps she fashioned into a manuscript, which has waited, unread for more than fifty years. Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1961 to test the United States Supreme Court rulings outlawing segregation in interstate bus and terminal facilities. Brutality and arrests inflicted on the Riders called national attention to the disregard for federal law and the local violence used to enforce segregation in the southern United States. Police arrested Riders for trespassing, unlawful assembly, and violating state and local Jim Crow laws, along with other alleged offenses, but they often allowed white mobs to attack the Riders without arrest or intervention. Though a number of books recount the Freedom Rides as part of the larger civil rights story, this book offers a heretofore unavailable detailed diary. In a personal essay detailing her life before and after the Freedom Rides, Silver explores what led her to join the movement and explains how, galvanized by her actions and those of her compatriots in 1961, she spent her life and career fighting for civil rights
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 14, 2014)
Subject Silver, Carol Ruth -- Diaries
SUBJECT Silver, Carol Ruth fast
Subject Freedom Rides, 1961 -- Diaries
Women civil rights workers -- United States -- Diaries
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Southern States -- Diaries
African American civil rights workers -- Southern States
Civil rights workers -- Southern States -- Diaries
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Civil Rights.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Human Rights.
African American civil rights workers
African Americans -- Civil rights
Civil rights movements
Civil rights workers
Race relations
Women civil rights workers
SUBJECT Southern States -- Race relations
Subject Southern States
United States
Genre/Form autobiographies (literary works)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013043446
ISBN 9781621039792