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On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail Paperback – December 20, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1st edition (December 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565124391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565124394
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail" is another chance for us to learn, remember and be proud of a group of people who struggled to make changes without seeing what vacation days we have. . . . Cobb's book will certainly make you think about places you are familiar with where change happened and how it affected you."-- The State

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"Cobb brings alive America's last good war and its many heroes, unsung as well as famous. From chapter to chapter, you are there."—Hodding Carter III --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AfroAmericanHeritage on June 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I became interested in this book when I heard the author, Charles Cobb Jr. interviewed on NPR's "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin. Cobb is a veteran of the civil rights movement and a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He spoke about sitting on the steps of a middle school in Medgar Evers' old neighborhood, across from the Fannie Lou Hamer Library, trying to engage some kids in conversation about the movement in Mississippi. When he told them he'd known Mrs. Hamer, a little boy said in amazement "YOU were alive back then?!"

That's when he realized the era was fading into ancient history, viewed as a mass movement led by a few charismatic and long dead leaders. This book - part memoir, part travel guide, part history book - is intended to capture the deeper meaning of the fight for civil rights, community grassroots organizing and thousands of independent acts of courage reaching further back than the 1960's...in fact, he said, the movement probably began as soon as the first African stepped off the ship in chains and began thinking of how to escape.

With Cobb as our personal guide we travel through Washington D.C. and eight Southern states. But this is so much more than just a visitor's guide to historic sites, museums and plaques. Nearly every page is graced with photos, quotes from interviews, songs, letters, or key documents. We get to know the men and women not mentioned in the "Civil Rights Canon," the everyday yet heroic people fighting for justice and equality in their own back yards.

Academicians will be happy with the careful citing of sources in end notes; general readers will be delighted with the compelling narrative flow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Col Albert E. Lassiter on February 21, 2009
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Enjoyed very much--was impressed with the intimate details surrounding
some of the civil rights activities. As a member of the "Tougaloo Nine"
in the March 1961 sit-in at the Jackson(MS) public library, and the first
such organized sit-in demonstration in Miss., I was pleased to see the
information about NAACP Field Secretary, Medgar Evers, who was so instrumental in very many of Mississippi's civil rights efforts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Cohen Jr. on February 6, 2013
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This is a superb book, which takes the reader to the places where history was made and introduces the human beings who were among the most brave and heroic peiople of the 20th century.
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By David H. Cary on September 22, 2013
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Books depicts the freedom riders era of the civil rights movement. For those interesed in this it is a good read.
A lot of people went through hell in an attempt to level the plahying field.
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