Rosa Parks: A Biography

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ABC-CLIO, Jul 31, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 186 pages

Rosa Parks: A Biography captures the story of this remarkable woman like no other biography of her before it. It examines the entire scope of Rosa Parks's life, from her birth in 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama to her 1943 enrollment in the Montgomery NAACP to the dramatic events of the 1960s, and her continuing work up to her death in 2005.

Each chapter provides an exploration of a period in Parks's life, portraying the people, places, and events that shaped and were shaped by her. Readers will see in Parks, not an inadvertent tripwire of history, but a woman whose lifelong struggle against racism led her inexorably to a moment where she took a courageous stand by sitting down and not moving.

 

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The biography of Rosa parks explores her life from her birth in Tuskegee Alabama through her defiant protests in the 1960’s to her death. The book describes the making of an icon in the civil rights movement and a real voice for change.

Contents

THE JOURNEY BEGINS
1
COMING OF AGE IN MONTGOMERY
15
SEEKING EQUALITY
31
GROWING ACTIVISM
47
THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE BOYCOTT
69
THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT
87
LIFE IN DETROIT
113
CONTINUING ACTIVISM
137
AFTER THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
147
CONCLUSION
163
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
169
INDEX
183
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Joyce A. Hanson is professor of history at California State University, San Bernardino in San Bernardino, CA.