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Freedom Riders Abridged: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice [Anglais] [Broché]

Raymond Arsenault

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31 mars 2011
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. Winner of the Owsley Prize Publication is timed to coincide with the airing of the American Experience miniseries documenting the Freedom Rides "Arsenault brings vividly to life a defining moment in modern American history." --Eric Foner, The New York Times Book Review "Authoritative, compelling history." --William Grimes, The New York Times "For those interested in understanding 20th-century America, this is an essential book." --Roger Wilkins, Washington Post Book World "Arsenault's record of strategy sessions, church vigils, bloody assaults, mass arrests, political maneuverings and personal anguish captures the mood and the turmoil, the excitement and the confusion of the movement and the time." --Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe

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Raymond Arsenault is John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Freedom Riders 17 mai 2011
Par William B. Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Freedom Riders" is a crucial telling of a portion of the American civil rights movement fifty years after its occurrence, by those who lived it, resisted it, reported it and learned from it. Presented on film as an American Experience production, and condensed here as a companion book by Raymond Arsenault from his original version. Ann Bausum offers younger readers a telling of these events in "Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement."

Dave Garrow's 1987 Pulitzer Prize "Bearing the Cross" covered the development of "Freedom Summer" (and the Kennedys' learning curve) as well, as did Taylor Branch's "Parting the Waters." Lynne Olson's "Freedom's Daughter's" offers particular insight into the key role Diane Nash played.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four hundred and thirty-six heroes...... 12 novembre 2013
Par Gregory Alan Wingo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Being a good historian Dr. Arsenault has obeyed the 50-year rule of historical research but just barely with this abridged edition. Covering the civil rights event known as the Freedom Rides he provides us with both a powerful story and the factual detail to support it. It also has a companion film of the same name produced as part of PBS' American Experience. There is, of course, also available the unabridged version for the serious student of history.

This text is visceral in its description of violence and depravity that was inflicted on the Freedom Riders and it speaks directly to the human drama and pure courage of the four hundred and thirty-six members who placed their very lives at risk for the concept of freedom and equality and the right of all Americans to participate within the rights granted under the US Constitution. It also illuminates the level of racism and hatred that infiltrated all levels of Southern society and the ongoing failure of the Federal government to enforce the promise of our Nation's principles.

The professor places great importance on how the Freedom Riders reinvigorated the civil rights movements and made possible the future successes of the 60s. It is not a flattering portrayal of the Kennedy administration, the established civil rights' leaders or their organizations. It firmly concludes that it was the empowerment of Black and White youths that made the Freedom Rides a success and brought nonviolent protests to the forefront of the civil rights movement and moved it away from litigation as the sole path to equality.

In a time of rising racism and White fear it is an important book for those of us too young to remember Jim Crow to learn the sacrifices that were made for all Americans.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lest we forget... 24 juillet 2011
Par norrie the scot - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This insightful, unemotive review of the courageous acts of de-segregationists depicts their historic, life-changing bravery in the face of the evils of white supremacy. Their story must be told, and re-told, to help inspire others in the ongoing fight against racism, wherever it manifests.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Riveting. 15 janvier 2014
Par Njb - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I started this book at 7 pm and finally put it down at 3am, picked it up again at 7am and could get nothing else done until I finished it. Exhilarating and disturbing to discover what really happened. Well researched and cited.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Too often truth hurts 9 novembre 2013
Par Benjamin Varner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was a well-written, informative read. What a tumultuous period in our history. The atrocities committed against other people are unforgivable but the courage and resilience shown by these heroes is what this America is about.

Thank you for telling this story.
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