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Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography)

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Arrested as a Freedom Rider in June of 1961, Carol Ruth Silver, a twenty-two-year-old recent college graduate originally from Massachusetts, spent the next forty days in Mississippi jail cells, including the Maximum Security Unit at the infamous Parchman Prison Farm. She chronicled the events and her experiences on hidden scraps of paper which amazingly she was able to smuggle out. These raw written scraps she fashioned into a manuscript, which has waited, unread for more than fifty years. Freedom Rider Diary is that account.

Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1961 to test the U.S. Supreme Court rulings outlawing segregation in interstate bus and terminal facilities. Brutality and arrests inflicted on the Riders called national attention to the disregard for federal law and the local violence used to enforce segregation. Police arrested Riders for trespassing, unlawful assembly, and violating state and local Jim Crow laws, along with other alleged offenses, but they often allowed white mobs to attack the Riders without arrest or intervention.

Though a number of books recount the Freedom Rides as part of the larger civil rights story, this book offers a heretofore unavailable detailed diary from a woman Freedom Rider along with an introduction by historian Raymond Arsenault, author of the definitive history of the Freedom Rides. In a personal essay detailing her life before and after the Freedom Rides, Silver explores what led her to join the movement and explains how, galvanized by her actions and those of her compatriots in 1961, she spent her life and career fighting for civil rights. Framing essays and personal and historical photographs make the diary an ideal book for the general public, scholars, and students of the movement that changed America.

Synopsis:

One woman's harrowing, unforgettable account from the nadir of Jim Crow Mississippi

About the Author

Carol Ruth Silver, San Francisco, California, is a retired lawyer, activist, and former elected official. She currently appears as a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition opposing the U.S. policy of drug prohibition and has been working for the past ten years to enhance education, particularly for women and girls, in Afghanistan. Raymond Arsenault is the author of the definitive history of the Freedom Rides, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617038877
Author:
Silver, Carol Ruth
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Author:
Gaines, Cherie A.
Author:
Liggins, Claude A.
Author:
Arsenault, Raymond
Subject:
Memoir
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Mississippi History.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Freedom Riders
Subject:
Jim Crow Mississippi
Subject:
Mississippi
Series:
Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
45, 45 bandw photographs
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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