They were black and white, young and old, men and women, and in the spring and summer of 1961, they put their lives on the line—riding buses through the American South to challenge segregation in interstate transport. This history by the author of The Sound of Freedom tells the story of the brave individuals who endured violence and imprisonment to achieve one of the great triumphs of the civil rights movement.
"Drawing on personal papers, F.B.I. files, and interviews with more than 200 participants in the rides, [Raymond] Arsenault brings vividly to life a defining moment in modern American history ... in dramatic, often moving detail."—NYTBR