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Montgomery Bus Boycott
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds Pub., 2009.
Physical Description:
128 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
"Are you going to stand up?" -- Jim Crow's stranglehold -- Primed for protest -- The boycott begins -- Breakdowns -- Battles in the courts -- Free at last -- Aftershocks -- Montgomery sparks the movement -- Timeline.


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In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Brown v. Board of Education case that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, but in Montgomery, Alabama, segregation remained the way of life, especially on the buses. Not only were black citizens forced to sit in the back of the bus, they were frequently the victims of abuse and humiliation. When Rosa Parks, a modest black woman, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat, civil rights activists decided to use her case as a rallying point, and quickly urged all black citizens of Montgomery to boycott the buses. More than 90 percent complied. Soon, a charismatic, young preacher named Martin Luther King Jr. was selected to lead the strike, and the Civil Rights movement began. But the white authorities in Montgomery held desperately to power, battling the strikers in the courts and on the streets. Inspired by King and determined to demand equality, the black people of Montgomery refused to back down, or be intimidated by anything thrown at them, whether it was fines, beatings, arrests, or bombs. Book jacket.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-The wrenching consequences of Rosa Parks's decision that sparked the Civil Rights Movement are depicted in this well-written book. Descriptions of civil rights activism dating back to 1865, including multiple attempts to desegregate streetcars, trains, and buses, provide historical context and a sense of the fervor surrounding discrimination and segregation. The facts of the boycott are documented with supportive news articles, relevant quotations, moving individual stories, and significant court cases. Extra details distinguish this book from similar titles. For example, Aretha tells the little-known story of a courageous white librarian who wrote letters praising the boycott only to commit suicide after she was harassed and ostracized by her community. Photographs-mostly black-and-white but some color-depict significant figures and document incidents such as meetings and carpooling to avoid buses. The final chapters characterize the boycott in terms of its positive influence on other Americans and people around the world.-Margaret Auguste, Franklin Middle School, Somerset, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

From the Civil Rights Movement series, this book opens with Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955. It backtracks to provide more information about Mrs. Parks, segregation in the South, and civil-rights issues related to Montgomery and its bus system. Parts of the first chapters are confusing, with some information repeated in different sections and some facts stated in the text but contradicted in a reproduced court document (the seating diagram of the bus), which shows where Rosa Parks sat. Later chapters, however, offer more clearly written accounts of events surrounding the Montgomery bus boycott and, in the last chapter, brief reports of actions it inspired. Throughout the book, black-and-white photos and reproductions of documents provide helpful glimpses of people, settings, and events. The discussion concludes with a time line, source notes for the many quotes, a bibliography, and recommended Web sites.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2009 Booklist

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 "Are You Going to Stand Up?"p. 11
Chapter 2 Jim Crow's Strangleholdp. 15
Chapter 3 Primed for Protestp. 27
Chapter 4 The Boycott Beginsp. 41
Chapter 5 Breakdownsp. 59
Chapter 6 Battles in the Courtsp. 76
Chapter 7 Free at Lastp. 89
Chapter 8 Aftershocksp. 95
Chapter 9 Montgomery Sparks the Movementp. 103
Timelinep. 113
Sourcesp. 116
Bibliographyp. 123
Web sitesp. 126
Indexp. 127