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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
by Jeanne Theoharis


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2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work Biography / Auto Biography
2013Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians
Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013

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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work Biography / Auto Biography
2013Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians
Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780807050477
  • ISBN-10: 0807050474
  • Publisher: Beacon Pr
  • Publish Date: January 2013
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 1.25 x 6.25 x 9.25 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Biography & Autobiography > Cultural Heritage
Books > Political Science > Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-11-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

In her introduction to this biography, Brooklyn College political scientist Theoharis (coauthor of Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside of the South) notes the common perception of Rosa Parks (1913–2005): “hidden in plain sight, celebrated and paradoxically relegated to be a hero for children.” Into that gap, Theoharis submits a lavishly well-documented study of Parks’s life and career as an activist. In tracing her work with the Montgomery NAACP and other groups from the 1930s onwards, and then following her move from Alabama after the 1956 bus boycott to Detroit, Theoharis maps a lifetime devoted to civil rights, thereby destabilizing our notions of Parks as a “tired seamstress” who simply kept her seat on a bus one day in 1955. The “iconography of Parks,” as Theoharis shows, can be used as an entry point for understanding the broader trends in the historiography of the civil rights movement. She notes how the “national fable” of Parks offers “its untarnished happy ending and its ability to reflect the best possibilities of the United States,” thus downplaying more subversive philosophies like the Black Power movement, which Parks also championed. Theoharis calls for a reconsideration of Parks’s legacy and of the movement she, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and others are responsible for initiating. 16 b&w illus. (Jan.)

 
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