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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
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2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work–Biography/Autobiography
 
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.

This revised edition includes a new introduction by the author, who reflects on materials in the Rosa Parks estate, purchased by Howard Buffett in 2014 and opened to the public at the Library of Congress in February 2015. Theoharis contextualizes this rich material—made available to the public for the very first time and including more than seven thousand documents—and deepens our understanding of Parks’s personal, financial, and political struggles.

Presenting a powerful corrective to the popular iconography of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who with a single act birthed the modern civil rights movement, scholar Jeanne Theoharis excavates Parks’s political philosophy and six decades of activism. Theoharis masterfully details the political depth of a national heroine who dedicated her life to fighting American inequality and, in the process, resurrects a civil rights movement radical who has been hidden in plain sight far too long.



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Hardcover
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from Beacon Pr (January 29, 2013)
9780807050477 | details & prices | 304 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $27.95
Paperback
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from Beacon Pr (November 24, 2015)
9780807076927 | details & prices | 306 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.14 lbs | List price $18.00
About: 2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work–Biography/Autobiography   2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women HistoriansChoice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013The 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.
from Beacon Pr (January 21, 2014)
9780807033326 | details & prices | 304 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $17.50
About: 2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movementPresenting 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.
Library
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Large print edition from Center Point Pub (March 1, 2013)
9781611736762 | details & prices | 543 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.46 lbs | List price $33.95
About: 2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movementPresenting 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.

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