The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

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Beacon Press, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

This is a wonderful book. I highly recommend it. I learned a lot even though I have read many accounts of the struggle for civil rights. In many ways it is a "wake up and keep going" call for the rest ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carly - Goodreads

Required reading. Indescribably important, and well-written. Even thinking about how to review this book makes me tear up. The primary lesson of this text is that historical narratives are not ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Jeanne Theoharis is professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.  She received an AB in Afro-American studies from Harvard College and a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the author or coauthor of four books and articles on the black freedom struggle and the contemporary politics of race in the United States.

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