Carol Ruth Silver's Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison is a definite must read. She was young, determined, and thought it was the right thing to do, despite possibly putting off her education to become a lawyer, despite the financial hardship, and despite having the threat of possible prison time on her record. Having been raised with the Jewish ethical tradition of Tikkun Olam ("the notion of social action the pursuit of social justice, including in particular the responsibility for the active participation in creating justice and righteousness." p. 158),
the author starts her journey to become Freedom Rider in the summer of 1961. She experiences first hand the hardships she and her fellow cellmates and Freedom Riders had to deal with. And she leaves nothing out. Carol Ruth Silver describes the difference between being a Freedom Rider from the north and a Freedom Rider from the north. She describes the how the overcrowding, lack of showering, removal of basic necessities such as a mattress to sleep on, censorship and more while in prison.
Carol Ruth Silver tells a very important part of American History that one cannot find in any history book. This first hand account of the realities faced by Freedom Riders and others who took part of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's definitely gives greater insight as to what the fight for civil rights was all about. I am glad Carol Ruth Silver shared her story.
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