1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice
By Raymond Arsenault
(Oxford University Press, Paperback, Abridged, 9780199754311, 306pp.)
Publication Date: March 2011
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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
Wednesday markets the 50th anniversary of the start of the Freedom Rides, when an integrated group of Civil Rights activists rode together by bus through the deep South challenging integration. Historian Raymond Arsenault recounts their journey in Freedom Riders. More at NPR.org
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