- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Oct. 4 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307389243
- ISBN-13: 978-0307389244
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 20.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power Paperback – Oct 4 2011
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“A story of courage. . . . At the Dark End of the Street is an important step to finally facing the terrible legacies of race and gender in this country.” —The Washington Post
“McGuire goes far beyond other historians in exploring the origins of the civil rights movement…. A powerful book that should alter forever how the civil rights movement is viewed.” —Grand Rapids Press
“A vital retelling…. Full of lively … storytelling, and buttressed by excellent research, Danielle McGuire’s provocative narrative forces readers to rethink what they know about that pivotal movement in U. S. history: its time frame, its actors, its legacy.” —Ms.
“One of those rare studies that makes a well-known story seem startlingly new. Anyone who thinks he knows the history of the modern civil rights movement needs to read this terrifying, illuminating book.” —Kevin Boyle, author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age, winner of the National Book Award.
“Valuable for reminding us of Parks’s radicalism. She was not a frail old lady who wouldn’t get up from her bus seat ‘because she was tired and her feet ached.’ . . . A welcome corrective.” —The Independent Weekly (Raleigh, NC)
“Groundbreaking. . . . Inspiring.” —Elle
“People can learn about a new side of Rosa Parks. They can also discover other previously unknown female freedom fighters.” —Time
“This gripping story changes the history books, giving us a revised Rosa Parks and a new civil rights story. You can’t write a general U.S. history without altering crucial sentences because of McGuire’s work. Masterfully narrated, At the Dark End of the Street presents a deep civil rights movement with women at the center, a narrative as poignant, painful and complicated as our own lives.” —Timothy B. Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“McGuire restores to memory the courageous black women who dared seek legal remedy, when black women and their families faced particular hazards for doing so. McGuire brings the reader through a dark time via a painful but somehow gratifying passage in this compelling, carefully documented work.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“Just when we thought there couldn’t possibly be anything left to uncover about the civil rights movement, Danielle McGuire finds a new facet of that endlessly prismatic struggle at the core of our national identity.” —Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
“Eye-opening.” —Sacramento Book Review
“Following the lead of pioneers like Darlene Clark Hine, Danielle McGuire details the all too ignored tactic of rape of black women in the everyday practice of southern white supremacy. Just as important, she plots resistance against this outrage as an integral facet of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This book is as essential as its history is infuriating.” —Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People
About the Author
Danielle L. McGuire was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She is an assistant professor in the History Department at Wayne State University and lives in Detroit, Michigan.See all Product description
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McGuire brilliantly opens the book with the story of Recy Taylor, effectively grabbing the attention of the reader and setting the tone for the remainder of the work. By beginning the narrative with such a horrific event, McGuire drives home the reality of life for African American women during the Jim Crow era. As scaring and horrific as sexual assault truly is, during this time period it was effectively weaponized. It became a weapon of the white male patriarchy to use in its war against the black population. This was a way to maintain white superiority and break the spirit of African American women. It was a weapon of fear, which was terrible, yet effective.
In At the Dark End of the Street, McGuire discusses how African American women physically defended themselves against their attackers. Those who killed their attackers were often charged with murder even though they were acting in self-defense. It was important for the NAACP and other organizations to play an active role in the advocacy of these victims. One such advocate/investigator was Rosa Parks, a woman who is generally only thought of as an elderly woman who refused to give up her seat on the bus. As McGuire shows, she was much more than that.
At the Dark End of the Street is an excellent work that examines a tremendously understudied aspect of the Civil Rights Movement. McGuire has crafted a compelling narrative that engrosses the reader and shines light upon a truly dark time. This book is an invaluable addition to the existing historiography and forces the reader to rethink what they know about the Civil Rights Movement.
- that Rosa Parks was raised a Garveyite, and had been an activist and NAACP leader for more than 20 years when she famously refused to move from her seat,
- that this very seat was located on a bus whose driver had (less famously) harassed Ms. Parks 10 years before, and that she also knew E.D. Nixon was searching for a victim of racial violence who was "beyond reproach" to gain national media attention,
and SO much more!
I should add that I usually find history books a little boring, but this was very readable...