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Author Hollars, B. J., author

Title The road south : personal stories of the Freedom Riders / B.J. Hollars
Published Tuscaloosa : The University of Alabama Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Intro; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgments; Author's Note; Prologue: All Aboard; Part I. The Road Behind; 1. James Zwerg: Appleton, Wisconsin; 2. Susan Wilbur: Nashville, Tennessee; 3. Miriam Feingold: Brooklyn, New York; 4. Charles Person: Atlanta, Georgia; Part II. The Road Ahead; 5. Bernard LaFayette Jr.: Tampa, Florida; 6. Bill Harbour: Piedmont, Alabama; 7. Catherine Burks: Birmingham, Alabama; 8. Hezekiah Watkins: Jackson, Mississippi; 9. Arione Irby: Gee's Bend, Alabama; Epilogue: The Last Stop; Sources; Bibliography; Index
Summary "Revisits the inspiring and heroic stories of the Freedom Riders, through their own words. In May 1961, despite multiple Supreme Court rulings, segregation remained alive and well within the system of interstate travel. All across the American South, interstate buses as well as their travel facilities were divided racially. This blatant disregard for law and morality spurred the Congress of Racial Equality to send thirteen individuals--seven black, six white--on a harrowing bus trip throughout the South as a sign of protest. These original riders were met with disapproval, arrests and violence along the way, but that did not stop the movement. That summer, more than four hundred Freedom Riders continued their journey--many of them concluding their ride at Mississippi's notorious Parchman Farm, where they endured further abuses and indignities. As a result of the riders sacrifice, by November of 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission finally put an end to interstate commerce segregation, and in the process, elevated the riders to become a source of inspiration for other civil rights campaigns such as voter registration rights and school desegregation. While much has been written on the Freedom Rides, far less has been published about the individual riders. Join award-winning author B.J. Hollars as he sets out on his own journey to meet them, retracing the historic route and learning the stories of as many surviving riders as he could. The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders offers an intimate look into the lives and legacies of the riders. Throughout the book these civil rights veterans'poignant, personal stories offer timely insights into America's racial past and hopeful future. Weaving the past with the present, Hollars aims to demystify the legendary journey, while also confronting more modern concerns related to race in America. The Road South is part memoir and part research-based journalism. It transcends the traditional textbook version of this historical journey to highlight the fascinating stories of the many riders--both black and white--who risked their lives to move the country forward."--EBSCO
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Freedom Rides, 1961 -- Personal narratives
Civil rights workers -- United States -- Interviews
Civil rights demonstrations -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights demonstrations -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights workers -- United States -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Segregation -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century
Segregation in transportation -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights movements -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Civil Rights.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Human Rights.
African Americans -- Civil rights
African Americans -- Segregation
Civil rights demonstrations
Civil rights movements
Civil rights workers
Race relations
Segregation in transportation
SUBJECT Southern States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
Subject Southern States
United States
Genre/Form History
Personal narratives
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780817391799