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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - Women; Political Science - Civil Rights; History - United States - 21St Century
Imprint: Beacon Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 2014
Price: $17.50
Can. Price: $20.50
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3332-6 (0-8070-3332-4)
Pages: 320
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.



 
2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia 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.

“Jeanne Theoharis has written an eye-opening biography of Rosa Parks. It was ideal for the classroom: smart, brisk, and engaging. Best of all, Theoharis explodes all of the clichés surrounding a historical figure whom most students thought they knew. I will assign this book again and again.”
—Thomas J. Sugrue, David Boies Professor of History and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

"Jeanne Theoharis’s Rosa Parks is a pedagogical gift. Clearly written, forcefully argued, and filled with important and groundbreaking historical insights about the civil rights era, black women’s indelible political and intellectual framing of the movement, and the deep-seated black radicalism that undergirded the entire era. A must read book for every course on the civil rights movement." 
—Peniel E. Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University and author of Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America





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