The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

By Jeanne Theoharis
(Beacon Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780807050477, 320pp.)

Publication Date: January 29, 2013

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2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work Biography / Auto Biography
2013Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians
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The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement

Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks's politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought for more than a half a century to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.

About the Author
Jeanne Theoharis, is an assistant professor in the department of African studies at Brooklyn College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and held a two-year appointment as visiting assistant professor at Michigan. She has written numerous articles on the civil rights movement in the North and South and the politics of race in contemporary America, and is co-editing FREEDOM NORTH: CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLES OUTSIDE OF THE SOUTH, 1940-1980 with Komozi Woodard and Matthew Countryman, to be published in the fall.
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