Daybreak of Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

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Interlude... 8...

Interview with Domestic Worker, by Willie M. Lee

Date: January 18, 1956 Time: Morning Place: Female interviewed in pool car Occupation: Domestic in white rental area Age: about 40

[ Lee]: Would you tell me what's going on around here? You see I just came into town, and I've been reading in the newspapers something about the people not riding the buses, and I don't quite understand really what's happening. So I'd appreciate it if you would tell me.

[Domestic]: You mean 'bout us boycottin' the buses?

[ Lee]: Yes.

[Domestic]: Well, you know, dis is a Jim Crow town, and us is boycottin' the buses 'cause dey put one of our 'spectable ladies in jail and we didn't lack it. You know, child, you can jest take so much and soon you git full. Dat's what happen here. Dey jest put us in jail and put us in jail, and Lord knows we tied of it.

[ Lee]: Why did they put the people in jail?

[Domestic]: Dey jest don't want to treat us right, and ef us didn't move back, they put us in jail. Twuz her last year dey put some school chillen in jail, but dat soon died down. But 'bout 2, 3 months ago Miss Rosa Park, one of our nice 'spectable ladies wuz put in jail, and the folks got full and jest wouldn't take no

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Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents ix
  • Contents x
  • Preface... the Spirit of Montgomery xi
  • Acknowledgments... xv
  • Overview... the Proving Ground 1
  • Chronology... 39
  • Editorial Practices... 53
  • Abbreviations for Collections and Archives... 55
  • Prelude... 1... 57
  • December... 2... 81
  • January... 3... 111
  • Interlude... 4... 137
  • February... 5... 147
  • Interlude... 6... 177
  • March... 7... 195
  • Interlude... 8... 221
  • Spring... 9... 235
  • Summer... 10... 263
  • Fall... 11... 281
  • Winter: Return of the Light... 12... 307
  • Selected Bibliography 349
  • Index 351
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