The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow

Chicago Review Press, 2007 - 293 páginas
The heroism of those involved in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott is presented here in poignant and thorough detail. The untold stories of those, both black and white, whose lives were forever changed by the boycott are shared, along with a chilling glimpse into the world of the white council members who tried to stop them. In the end, the boycott brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to prominence and improved the lives of all black Americans. Based on extensive interviews conducted over decades and culled from thousands of exclusive documents, this behind-the-scenes examination details the history of violence and abuse on the city buses. A look at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s trial, an examination of how black and white lawyers worked together to overturn segregation in the courtroom, and even firsthand accounts from the segregationists who bombed the homes of some of Montgomery's most progressive ministers are included. This fast-moving story reads like a legal thriller but is based solely on documented facts and firsthand accounts, presenting the compelling and never-before-told stories of the beginning of the end of segregation.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat on public bus #2857 in Montgomery, AL, prompting the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56. Williams's father purchased the ... Leer comentario completo

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A great book, a history lesson with facts I had not known. A difficult read sometimes because there is so much information, so many characters, and the shameful actions of so many white people. Thankfully the book also tells of the white people who supported the boycott and assisted in the legal battle, and marched in the peaceful demonstrations. It forced me to do some soul searching. Though most of the story took place before I was born, I wondered how courageous would I have been. Am I willing even now to put myself at risk to do what is right, be the guy who stands up to the bully. 


1 Before the Beginning
2 His Own Man
3 A Reporters Scoop
4 Hanging from the Stars
5 Rough Days and Dangerous Nights
6 The White Preacher
7 The White Establishment Uses the Law
8 King on Trial
10 A Long Hot Summer
11 A Glorious Daybreak
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9 In Federal Court

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Donnie Williams inherited the bus made famous by Rosa Parks; in 2003 he sold it to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. He has spent many years interviewing those who witnessed and participated in the boycott. Wayne Greenhaw is the critically acclaimed author of 17 books, including Beyond the Night, My Heart Is in the Earth, and The Spider's Web. His work has appeared in The Miami Herald, The New York Times, and Reader's Digest.

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