Freedom's Main Line : The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom RidesMaterial type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandCivil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century: Publisher: Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, 2009Description: 1 online resource (437 p.)ISBN: 9780813173108Subject(s): African Americans -- Civil rights -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | African Americans -- Segregation -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | Civil rights demonstrations -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | Freedom Rides, 1961 | Segregation in transportation -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | Southern States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Freedom's Main Line : The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom RidesDDC classification: 323.1196 | 323.1196073 LOC classification: E185.61 .C295 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Front cover; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Prologue; Introduction; 1. ""We Challenged Jim Crow""; 2. Erasing the Badge of Inferiority; 3. ""The Last Supper""; 4. ""Hallelujah, I'm a Travelin'!""; 5. The Carolinas; 6. ""Blazing Hell""; 7. The Magic City; 8. ""I'm Riding the Front Seat to Montgomery This Time""; 9. ""We've Come Too Far to Turn Back""; 10. Mississippi; 11. Jailed In; 12. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
In 1961, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and other civil rights groups began organizing the Freedom Rides. The Freedom Riders were volunteers of different backgrounds who travelled on buses throughout the American South to help enforce the Supreme Court ruling that had declared racial segregation on public transportation illegal. In Freedom's Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides, Derek Catsam shows how the Freedom Rides were crucial in raising awareness among decision makers and in bringing the realities of racial segregation into American homes through nati
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CHOICE ReviewCatsam (Univ. of Texas of the Permian Basin) has written an interesting account of the desegregation efforts of civil rights activists who targeted interstate public transportation during the Civil Rights Movement. Nearly a decade before the Brown v. Board of Education case, 16 black and white activists in 1947 first challenged segregated interstate busing by undertaking a four-state bus tour, the "Journey of Reconciliation," which drew little attention but laid the groundwork for the highly publicized 1961 Freedom Rides. The author devotes one chapter to the earlier "Journey" and another to studying segregated interstate transportation "on the ground and in the courts." He dedicates the remaining nine chapters to describing the details of the Freedom Rides, concluding with a discussion of their legacies to the wider Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Catsam bases his narrative on archival documents as well as extensive use of memoirs, oral interview transcripts, and relevant secondary sources. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. K. J. Volanto Collin College
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Derek Charles Catsam is associate professor of history at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. His previous publications include numerous reviews and articles. He lives in Odessa, TX.
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