July 9, 2013
John Dreier, PhD
The Freedom Riders was supposed to be a nonviolent ride for African Americans and White Americans from Washington to New Orleans. It all started with a group of students working with the Congress of Racial Equality they called themselves the Freedom Riders (Brinkley, 2012). The Freedom Riders signed up in May 1961, on a Greyhound bus, and a Trailways bus, which was in route from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans, Louisiana. This is where the segregated by race was in bus station, train stations, lunch counters, and public restrooms (Stuever, 2011). Before leaving for New Orleans, the Freedom Riders wrote their wills before they left for the trip. Twelve members of the Freedom Riders started out for their trip to New Orleans. Six Freedom Riders on each bus route. The Greyhound bus had a flat tire in Alabama, which was run off the road. The bus driver got out of the bus to see what was wrong with the bus; he noticed that it had a flat tire. A man held a crow bar, and threw it into the window of the bus then next thing was the bus was on fire. The bus driver decided to walk away from the bus. The people on the bus got off the bus just in time. I saw one woman was giving people who were on the bus some water to wipe their face and to drink it. The people on the bus got off the bus just in time. The bus burst into flames and burned. (Bingimages.com, 2013)
The Freedom Riders on the Trailways bus did not know what was happening to the other Freedom Riders in Birmingham, Alabama. The Ku Klux Klan planned to beat up the Freedom Riders, the FBI nod nothing to protect the Freedom Riders. When arriving in Birmingham the Freedom Riders wanted to keep going even after being beaten up. The riders need not surrender to the violence. The bus driver told the Freedom Riders he was not going to drive them any further because...
References: Brinkley, A. (2012). American history: Connecting with the past (14th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Freedom Riders Smithsonian Magazine. (2011, May). Freedom Riders. Retrieved from http://www.wn.com/freedomriders
Stuever, H. (2011, May). On the bus with 'Freedom Riders '. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/866468674?accountid=35812
Bingimages.com. (2013). Bing images. Retrieved from http://www.bingimages
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