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At the Dark End of the Street Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

ISBN-10: 030726906X
ISBN-13: 9780307269065
Edition: 2010
List price: $32.00
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Description: In a supposedly solitary, spontaneous act, Rosa Parks sparked the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, which gave birth to the civil rights movement. Parks is often described as an unassuming woman whose fatigue caused her to defy the Jim Crow  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/7/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

In a supposedly solitary, spontaneous act, Rosa Parks sparked the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, which gave birth to the civil rights movement. Parks is often described as an unassuming woman whose fatigue caused her to defy the Jim Crow laws. The truth of who she was and what really started the boycott is far different, and, until now, unwritten . . . In this groundbreaking book, Danielle L. McGuire brilliantly reinterprets the history of Americars"s civil rights movement in terms of the ritualistic rape and sexualized violence that for almost three hundred years had been perpetrated against black women. She looks at the crucial role played by African American women, at people like Rosa Parks, already a seasoned antirape activist more than a decade before the bus boycott, who turned a one-day protest on the buses into a three-decade war against white supremacy that changed the world. At the Dark End of the Streetis a revelation-and certain to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

List of Illustrations
Prologue
"They'd Kill Me If I Told"
"Negroes Every Day Are Being Molested"
"Walking in Pride and Dignity"
"There's Open Season on Negroes Now"
"It Was Like All of Us Had Been Raped"
"A Black Woman's Body Was Never Hers Alone"
Sex and Civil Rights
"Power to the Ice Pick!"
Epilogue "We All Lived in Fear for Years"
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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