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This partner reviewed website, Freedom Riders, is the companion to the PBS film support for which was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The website offers historical background to the story of the Freedom Riders film. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. Film clips and lesson plans are included.
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