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At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire
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A different perspective on the Civil Rights Movement as McGuire focuses on many of the better-known incidents and leaders of the South from the 1940s to the 1970s (Rosa Parks, Little Rock Nine, Emmett Till, Freedom Summer, problems in Birmingham and Selma, etc.) and many of the lesser-known from the general perspective that the issue never really focused on was the sexual aggression against black women.

The book has some individuals whose stories need to be told, but I couldn't help feeling that some of the message was being hammered home too completely and making McGuire guilty of what she was stressing Americans and the media were guilty of - ignoring an important part of the story. Was the Montgomery Bus Boycott truly led by women as McGuire claims or was it led by both men and women? Were the Little Rock Nine a story of the courageous female involved or again, an all-inclusive affair.

I guess by making us think about these incidents in a new light the author was successful in one of her goals.
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