• Freedom Riders

  • 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice: Oxford University Press: Pivotal Moments in US History
  • By: Raymond Arsenault
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The saga of the Freedom Riders is an improbable, almost unbelievable story. In the course of six months in 1961, 450 Freedom Riders expanded the realm of the possible in American politics, redefining the limits of dissent and setting the stage for the civil rights movement. 

In this new version of his encyclopedic Freedom Riders, Raymond Arsenault offers a significantly condensed and tautly written account. With characters and plot lines rivaling those of the most imaginative fiction, this is a tale of heroic sacrifice and unexpected triumph. Arsenault recounts how a group of volunteers - Blacks and Whites - came together to travel from Washington, DC, through the Deep South, defying Jim Crow laws in buses and terminals and putting their lives on the line for racial justice. News photographers captured the violence in Montgomery, shocking the nation and sparking a crisis in the Kennedy administration. 

Here are the key players - their fears and courage, their determination and second thoughts, and the agonizing choices they faced as they took on Jim Crow - and triumphed. Winner of the Owsley Prize, this publication is timed to coincide with the airing of the American Experience miniseries documenting the Freedom Rides.

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Very informative and descriptive.

Stuff they didn't even teach us about in school. Very informative and descriptive. Many of the stories I've never heard about. These actions of civil rights should be taught in every school. Maybe we wouldn't be where we're at now. BLM

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excellent book

this is a very good audio book, i suggest everyone should listen to this book. This is a great experience of listening audio book

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Abbreviated version of an interesting story

The narrator sounds like a robot. The story is interesting, but some of the great characters seem like their lives aren't dealt with in much detail.

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