The Story of the Freedom Riders Essay by Maribeth

The Story of the Freedom Riders
An analysis of several accounts of the 1960s' civil rights struggle in the South,with a focus on the Freedom Riders' strike.
# 57731 | 2,140 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2004 | US

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This paper examines how, in May 1961, an interracial group called the Freedom Riders decided that it was time to test President Kennedy's promise to go through with his allegation to enforce the Supreme Court's decision. It looks at how the Freedom Riders were very influential in their fight for the civil rights of black citizens and how their journey by bus helps explain how the blacks were still being treated, their determination to gain equality, and how they finally achieved their purpose.

The Freedom Riders: An Introduction
The Beginnings of the Freedom Riders' Mission
Resistance and Violence in Alabama and Mississippi
The Contributions of the Freedom Riders

From the Paper:

"The cruelty that the Freedom Riders were subjected to that day is only the tip of the iceberg of how the blacks were treated. The Riders were only trying to exercise the rights to be able to travel without discrimination that was granted to them, and they were insulted beyond decency and hit with fists and pipes by men, women, and children. The blacks were supposed to be protected and have some equality, yet they were not treated anywhere close to how they should have been. After what happened in Birmingham, all bus drivers refused to drive them any further, and without any other choice, the Freedom Riders decided to fly to New Orleans and to safety."

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