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Freedom riders

This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, it chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplis...

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Corporate Author: Firelight Media.
Other Authors: Nelson, Stanley, 1955-, Grant, Laurens., Arsenault, Raymond., Phillips, Tom., PBS Distribution (Firm), WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.), WGBH Educational Foundation.
Format: Online Video DVD
Language: English
Published: [United States] : PBS Distribution, 2011
Edition: [Widescreen presentation]
Series: American Experience
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Review by Library Journal Review

Freedom Riders is a moving documentary that depicts a singular event in American history, the stirring story of American men and women who risked their lives in the early 1960s in support of civil rights, and how nonviolent activities influenced the end of segregation. Award-winning filmmaker Nelson (The Murder of Emmett Till; Jonestown) combines testimony from the riders, government officials, and journalists who witnessed the events of 1961 when black and white individuals rode together on buses throughout the segregated South with interviews, historical footage, and photos to document the courage, commitment, and determination of the participants. Based partially on Raymond Aresenault's 2006 book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, this film provides a varied perspective on an event of historical significance and relates both its particulars and motivations as those involved acted on the American concept of "freedom and justice for all." Of interest to most viewers, especially students and teachers of history and the civil rights movement.-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.