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Freedom's main line : the journey of reconciliation and the freedom rides

Author: Derek Catsam
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2009.
Series: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
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"In Freedom's Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides, author Derek Charles Catsam shows that courtrooms, classrooms, and cemeteries were not the only front lines in African Americans' prolonged struggle for basic civil rights. Buses, trains, and other modes of public transportation provided the perfect means for civil rights activists to protest the second-class citizenship of African  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Catsam, Derek.
Freedom's main line.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2009
(OCoLC)681147932
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Catsam
ISBN: 9780813125114 0813125111
OCLC Number: 213840175
Description: xiv, 421 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: From Bigger Thomas to Henry Thomas --
Introduction : how the Freedom Rides were born (and what they mean) --
1. "We challenged Jim Crow" : the journey of reconciliation and the emergence of direct action civil rights protest in the 1940s --
2. Erasing the badge of inferiority : segregated interstate transport on the ground and in the courts, 1941-1960 --
3. "The last supper" : preparing for the Freedom Rides --
4. "Hallelujah, I'm a travelin'!" Freedom riding through the old dominion --
5. The Carolinas --
6. "Blazing hell" : from Georgia into Alabama --
7. The Magic City : showdown in Birmingham --
8. "I'm riding the front seat to Montgomery this time" : the students take control --
9. "We've come too far to turn back" : Montgomery --
10. Mississippi : "that irreducible citadel of southernism" --
11. Jailed in : from Jackson City jail to Parchman Farm --
12. Conclusion : legacies of the Freedom Rides.
Series Title: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Derek Charles Catsam.

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