By Maurice Isserman

ISBN-10: 0195091906

ISBN-13: 9780195091908

I purchased this e-book for a category in US historical past. The 60s have been prior to my time and that i did not comprehend the adjustments that have been happening. This e-book helped my very much. it is packed with info (and occasionally demanding to leap from side to side among themes) yet an exceptional source. whereas it wasn't the main fascinating learn for my type, it wasn't undesirable.

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Then they sat down at the lunch counter and politely tried to order something to eat. They were refused service and, after waiting for 45 minutes, left the store. The next day, they came back with 23 of their fellow students. The following day, they returned with enough supporters to occupy every seat in the store. By the end of the week, a group of white students from a local women’s college joined in. And when the protestors were heckled and jostled by a knot of young, white working-class men brandishing Confederate flags, burly members of the A & T football team, American flags in hand, rushed to their defense.

On December 1 of that year, a 42-year-old seamstress and longtime NAACP activist named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a munici- 30 America Divided pal bus to a white patron. Bus segregation was a rankling feature of urban life in the South. Blacks were the majority of customers in Montgomery (most whites had cars), but none were hired to drive buses, and they typically had to pay their fare at the front of the vehicle and then get off and enter again through the back. Rosa Parks, who supported her family on $23 a week, had defied the law on several occasions—as had a scattering of other black riders, to no avail.

But it would require two more decades of arduous, heroic effort— and intermittent support from sympathetic authorities—to bring about serious change. In the South, the odds remained particularly formidable. By the 1950s, slavery had been dead for almost a century, but its legacy remained disturbingly alive in the hearts and minds of most white southerners. They had Black Ordeal, Black Freedom 27 always treated black people as their social inferiors and saw no reason to change. Few members of the majority race questioned the demeaning etiquette that accompanied this tradition.

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