Rosa Parks /

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by Brinkley, Douglas.
[ 01. English Non Fiction ] Series: A Penguin life. Published by : Penguin, (New York :) Physical details: ix, 246 p. ; 18 cm. Subject(s): Parks, Rosa, --1913- | African American women civil rights workers --Alabama --Montgomery --Biography. | African Americans --Civil rights --Alabama --Montgomery --History --20th century. | Civil rights workers --Alabama --Montgomery --Biography. | Segregation in transportation --Alabama --Montgomery --History --20th century. | Montgomery (Ala.) --Biography. | Montgomery (Ala.) --Race relations. Year : 2000 01. English Non Fiction Item type : 01. English Non Fiction
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Rosa Parks, an African American seamstress in 1955 Alabama, had no idea she was changing history when, work-weary, she refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus. Today, she is immortalized for the defiance that sent her to jail & triggered a bus boycott that catapulted Martin Luther King, Jr., into the national spotlight. Who was she, before & after her historic act, & how did that act sound the death knell for Jim Crow? Historian Douglas Brinkley, whose "vigorous language" & "marvelous portraits" (Stephen Ambrose) have made him an acclaimed author & a media favorite, brings mid-century America alive in this brilliant examination of a celebrated heroine in the context of her life & tumultuous times. Here in Rosa Parks are the quiet dignity, hope, courage, & humor which have made this twentieth-century everywoman a living legend--an eye-opener of a book for students of history, politics, the black experience, & human nature. Annotation. Rosa Parks, an African American seamstress in 1955 Alabama, had no idea she was changing history when, work-weary, she refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus. Today, she is immortalized for the defiance that sent her to jail and triggered a bus boycott that catapulted Martin Luther King, Jr., into the national spotlight. Who was she, before and after her historic act, and how did that act sound the death knell for Jim Crow?Historian Douglas Brinkley, whose "vigorous language" and "marvelous portraits" (Stephen Ambrose) have made him an acclaimed author and a media favorite, brings midcentury America alive in this brilliant examination of a celebrated heroine in the context of her life and tumultuous times. Here in Rosa Parks are the quiet dignity, hope, courage, and humor that have made this twentieth-century everywoman a living legend--an eye-opener of a book for students of history, politics, the black experience, and human nature.