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Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History and co-director of the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. A graduate of Princeton and Brandeis, he is the author of two prize-winning books and numerous articles on race, civil rights, and regional culture. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .


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WHEN IRENE MORGAN BOARDED A GREYHOUND BUS in Hayes Store, Virginia, on July 16, 1944, she had no inkling of what was about to happen-no idea that her trip to Baltimore would alter the course of American history. Lire la première page
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Masterpiece of Exposition and Accuracy 26 mars 2006
Par Joseph J. McDonald - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a participant,I can vouch for all material that related to my experiences as a Freedom Rider in the book.The writing accurately descibes the atmosphere and conditions of my experiences in Jackson City Jail and Parchman Prison Farm's maximum security unit.I was amazed by the fidelity of the narrative,it was like being transfered back in time!The short but excellent telling of the Monroe Freedom Rider Project with Robert Williams in North Carolina was enlightning for me as a participant because of the dramatic events of that disastorous Sunday.I was one of five riders not on the picket line and never heard of the experiences of those arrested downtown.I cannot recommend this book more highly for anyone interested in the civil rights movement. It should be read by anyone who is politically active in order to understand the complexity of social movements and the responsibilty of the participant to their cause and the people they are attempting to help.

We shall overcome!
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A Tour de Force of Research and Writing 21 janvier 2006
Par Peter Golenbock - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In 1961 there were dozens of Freedom Rides by hundreds of riders. Ray Arsenault set out to interview as many of them as he could find, and he spent eight years tracking them down in order to write this comprehensive, highly readable and fascinating book. Before the first rides, he gives the reader a complete history of the civil rights movement, so that when the riders get on buses and head south, you understand fully how radical and dangerous it was. When a bus is burned, you're as horrified as when it happened. By the end of the book, the reader has experienced a lot of sturn and angst. Some questioned whether the rides really accomplished anything, but the author makes it clear just how important the Freedom Rides were to the civil rights movement. All without much help from the Kennedy brothers, who feared a southern backlash in the mid-term elections in 1962. A lot has changed in the last 45 years. This great book documents why.
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A Thrilling Historical-Action Masterpiece 14 mars 2006
Par William Doyle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an unqualified masterpiece treatment of an epic civil rights story. Fascinating characters, superb storytelling and a brilliant historian's perspective create a book that will amaze and move you. I read the whole thing in a mountain cabin on a vacation in New Zealand, and have rarely felt so proud to be an American. It is a story of pure guts and glory. Prepare yourself to be absouletly blown away.
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Excellent 19 décembre 2008
Par John Marvel - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The subject of the Freedom Riders came up during a dinner conversation with my 38 year old son. I could not answer some of his questions which led me to this book. Raymond Arsenault starts exactly at the right place with Irene Morgan in 1944 to begin his narrative. He writes with a style that enables the reader to absorb the wealth of information on every page with ease. I highly recommend the book and it should be required reading for any serious student of the Civil Rights Movement post World War II.
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Excellent History 27 mars 2011
Par Mike B - Publié sur Amazon.com
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An excellent narrative history of the Freedom Bus rides of 1961. This is "on the ground" history with details of the bus rides and the horrendous events surrounding them - the Anniston bus burnings, the racist beatings in Birmingham and Montgomery. Mr. Arsenault tells the story as history in the making - at the time in question the bus riders did not have the advantage of forty-five year hind-sight.

The author portrays well the myriad characters who organized these rides as well as their Southern antagonists. It still remains incomprehensible the level of hatred, racism, and intolerance that white southerners manifested to their fellow human beings. One must remember that these beatings by mobs were orchestrated by the White Southern power structure. The state and municipal (as well as the F.B.I.) gave whole-hearted backing to the Ku Klux Klan to pursue and assault the Freedom Riders. Raymond Arsenault depicts the ambivalence of the Kennedy administration wavering between the Southern state governments (to whom they owed their election victory) and the moral imperative of civil rights. Their reaction, as Arsenault suggests, was more political than moral.

Robert Kennedy was very reluctant to even send a few hundred federal marshals to protect the Freedom Riders who were besieged in a church by a mob tossing Molotov cocktails.

There are various heroes and groups portrayed - from Irene Morgan in 1944 who refused to leave the "white section" of a bus to Diane Nash who continued the Freedom Rides after their initial "failure" in Anniston and Birmingham.

It would seem that when the ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission) passed a law prohibiting discrimination on buses and their affiliated distributors (like restaurants, waiting rooms...) that most southern governments grudgingly started the process of de-segregation.

There is a touching passage in the epilogue where Freedom Rider Walter Bergman successfully sued the F.B.I. in 1982-83 for negligence in its failure to protect U.S. citizens. Walter Bergman suffered permanent injuries from the beating of the mob in Birmingham. The F.B.I. knew well (from its informants) that the Ku Klux Klan was gathering to meet the Freedom Riders.
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