The Journey Of Reconciliation And The Freedom Rides

1178 WordsJul 27, 20175 Pages
In the books, A Nation Forged in War: How World War II Taught Americans to Get Along by Thomas Bruscino and Freedom’s Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides by Derek Charles Catsam, both focus on the subject of racism, religious tolerance, and segregation. Although both books deal with the same topic the authors have different opinions toward what was the cause of the beginning of bringing these matters to an end. These are a few of the reasons the authors give for their opinions on the subject. Throughout A Nation Forged in War Thomas Bruscino states his belief that the rise of ethnic tolerance was due to military service during World War II. His first piece of evidence he uses for this claim is that the…show more content…
They listened to hearts, checked feet, examined buttocks, and took urine specimens.” Although many men felt this process was a horrible event that stripped them of their dignity it did have the positive outcome of bringing these men of different ethnicities and religions together. In Freedom’s Main Line, Derek Catsam argues that the most important battle for civl rights was segregated transportation. The first piece of evidence Catsam provides for this statement is that segregated transportation sparked the beginning of the freedom riders. The Freedom Riders were a group of civil rights activists who would ride interstate buses into the segregated southern United States beginning in 1961. Their reason for beginning this act was to challenge the lack of enforcement of the United States Supreme Court’s decision that segregated buses were unconstitutional. Another piece of evidence he details is the numerous amounts of cases brought to the supreme court due to segregated transportation, some of the cases being Brown v. Board, Morgan v. Virginia, and Boynton v. Virginia. The Brown v. Board case was a landmark United States Supreme court case in which the court established state laws declaring that separate public schools for white and black students was unconstitutional. The Morgan v. Virginia case was a major United States Supreme Court case that
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