The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow

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"A Glorious Daybreak"

IN LATE OCTOBER the white establishment in Montgomery joined hands with a most unlikely ally—staff members of a labor union magazine, the Alabama Labor News—in a new maneuver to stop the car pool that had successfully operated for ten months.

Jack D. Brock, the editor of the labor publication, told the Advertiser that he and other staff members were ready to swear out warrants against the car pool operators. They were represented by attorney John Peter Kohn, the same outspoken lawyer who had given his services free of charge when Virginia Durr had been brought before Senator Jim Eastland's committee in New Orleans.

A ramrod-straight, board-thin scion of an old Montgomery family who was given to wearing Panama hats and seersucker suits in the summertime and a fedora with tailored tweeds in the winter, Kohn marched to the beat of his own drummer. In his later years, Kohn wrote a scathing satire of his community called The Cradle, which he published privately. Of his representation of Virginia Durr, he said, "I was defending Southern

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents vii
  • Author's Note ix
  • Preface - America's Bus xi
  • Preface - A Personal History xv
  • 1: Before the Beginning 1
  • 2: His Own Man 21
  • 3: A Reporter's Scoop 67
  • 4: Hanging from the Stars 89
  • 5: Rough Days and Dangerous Nights 115
  • 6: The White Preacher 137
  • 7: The White Establishment Uses the Law 147
  • 8: King on Trial 177
  • 9: In Federal Court 207
  • 10: A Long, Hot Summer 223
  • 11: [A Glorious Daybreak] 235
  • Epilogue 257
  • Acknowledgments 275
  • Notes and Sources 277
  • Bibliography 283
  • Index 287
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