Rosa Parks: My Story Essay

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BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Rosa Parks, Jim Haskins, Rosa Parks: My Story, (New York: Penguin Group, 1992) 192pp.

INTRODUCTION

Rosa Parks: My Story is an autobiography. Parks tells about her vital role in the struggle for equality. In detail this book explains how the civil rights movements started. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, beginning the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott.

This became one of the boldest acts of defiance during this time. Yet, she didn't stop there. There is much more to her journey. This book illustrates her life like none other from the beginning to the end.

CONTENT

The book begins with her sitting in the front seat of the
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Moses Hudson, the owner of the plantation near her family's land, stopped by her house to visit. Along with him came his son-in-law whom was a northern solider. The "Yankee Solider", as she called him, treated her just as any little girl. This treatment frustrated Moses Hudson. His face turned beat red as the solider played and talked with young Rosa.

Rosa was raised in her grandparent's house in Pine Level, Alabama. Pine Level is in Montgomery County, near Montgomery City. She was born to Leona Edwards and James McCauley on February 4, 1913. Her father was a carpenter and a builder. He was very skilled, and traveled all around building houses. At the age of 24, her parents were married on April 12, 1912. After they were married, they moved to Tuskegee, Alabama. Not too long after, they began a family, but Leona wasn't prepared to be a mother. Rosa was a sickly child, and very small for her age.

During Rosa's childhood, the south had very little opportunities for black children schooling. Therefore, her father decided that he wanted to move back to his family in Abbeville. Accompanied with Rosa and her parents, was her father's youngest brother, George. George somewhat envied Rosa because for eight years he had been the baby of the family, until she was born. Rosa learned most about her family from George.

Her father decided to go further north, but her mother didn't want to stay in

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