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Journey toward Justice: Juliette Hampton Morgan and the Montgomery Bus Boycott Hardcover – November 25, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (November 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082032857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820328577
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book offers a rare portrait of Alabama race relations, as told by Juliette Hampton Morgan, her mother, and associates. It is a significant contribution to its field because it tells a little-known story of white people and their desire to change racism and the status quo even before the Montgomery bus boycott.”--Constance Curry, coauthor of Mississippi Harmony

"Stanton has made an admirable career of restoring tragic casualties of our country’s racial past to the place in history they deserve. Here she follows up her fine biographies of two white iconoclasts murdered in Alabama while protesting segregation—Viola Liuzzo and William Moore—with a heartbreaking portrait of another white martyr to the cause of justice: Juliette Morgan, a Montgomery librarian who committed suicide in 1957 amid the vicious backlash against her outspoken sympathy with the civil rights movement emerging in her native city under the leadership of the young Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Journey toward Justice is a much-needed appraisal of a player who too long remained on the intriguing margins of the civil rights story, and it is also an absorbing social history of the band of southern liberals who answered the call of the zeitgeist at a time when it was potentially fatal to do so. Wonderfully written and vividly researched, the book is a pleasure to read."--Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

"A compelling look at the life of one woman who was a keen observer, if not always a central participant, in the critical events in Montgomery in the early days of the civil rights movement. Stanton does a commendable job, however, as the book consistently mixes the telling of Juliette Morgan's life with a strong narrative of the important events in southern history between the arrest of the Scottsboro Boys and the onset of the Montgomery boycott. . . . Stanton has crafted an engaging story that is well worth reading."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"For those of us who remember the Civil Rights struggle of the '60s and '70s, this book is a valuable reminder of just where life stood back then, how far we've come and how much further we still have to go."--Feminist Review

"This moving biography is indeed a portrait of one woman in one town; but Ms. Stanton . . . is clearly writing about Morgan to show generally what compassionate, thoughtful people can do in the face of oppression."--Wall Street Journal

“At long last, the subject of this fine biography, Juliette Morgan, a true heroine of the Montgomery civil rights struggle, has come into her own, thanks to New York author Mary Stanton. . . . One of the best biographies of the civil rights era . . . Please read this book; you will not be disappointed. It is well-written, better than most novels and it is true, well-researched, beautiful and sad.”--Chattanoogan

About the Author

Mary Stanton is a public administrator for The Town of Mamaroneck in Westchester County, New York. She has taught at the University of Idaho, the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey, and Rutgers University. Her work has appeared in Southern Exposure, Alabama Heritage, and the Gulf South Historical Review. Stanton is also the author of From Selma to Sorrow (Georgia) and Freedom Walk.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minna R. Hill on August 26, 2011
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I have lived in Montgomery since I was two, and I had never heard the story of Juliette Hampton Morgan before. Mary Stanton has done an excellent job bringing this lady to our attention. Much could be said, but for now my advice is to read the book.
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