Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter's Civil Rights Journey

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U of Nebraska Press, Apr 1, 2010 - Political Science - 286 pages
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Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus chronicles the story of an American family against the backdrop of one of the civil rights movement's lesser-known stories. In January 1957, Joseph Spagna and five other young men waited to board a city bus called the Sunnyland in Tallahassee, Florida. Their plan was simple but dangerous: ride the bus together-three blacks and three whites-get arrested, and take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fifty years later Ana Maria Spagna sets off on a journey to understand what happened and why.

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Ana Maria Spagna lives and writes in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades. She's the author of three books, and after 15 years working on backcountry trail crews, she now teaches creative nonfiction in the Whidbey Writers Workshop low-residency MFA program. Her writing on nature, work, and life in a small community appears regularly in "Orion", "High Country News", "Mountain Gazette", "Oregon Quarterly", and elsewhere.