By Maria Fleming
Inspiring and precise, a spot on the desk chronicles the lives of yankee freedom opponents whose tales are little-known, yet whose efforts have prepared the ground for equality and justice within the face of utmost prejudice. Unsung heroes and their courageous deeds, comparable to condo slave Elizabeth Freeman's momentous courtroom conflict profitable her freedom, suffragette Sara Bard Field's cross-country trip for women's rights, and Nisqually Indian Billy Frank Jr.'s struggle for local American land rights, toppled obstacles in schooling, vote casting, employment, housing, and different components of discrimination. A rousing heritage of yank champions of justice, a spot on the desk is stuffed with women and men who, whilst instructed by way of society to "stay of their place," insisted that "their position" used to be on the American desk as full-fledged members in democracy.
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In 1965, the Voting Rights Act outlawed poll taxes, literacy tests and other discriminatory practices, finally allowing African Americans to fully exercise the right to vote that the 15th Amendment had promised them nearly a century earlier. The sweeping civil rights changes of the 1950s and '60s were the victories not only of celebrated heroes such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. but of the countless foot soldiers such as Robert Fox who fought the early battles of our nation's civil rights revolution.
Come let us possess this land. . Be discontented. Be dissatisfied. . Be as restless as the tempestuous billows on the boundless sea. Let your discontent break mountam-higti against the wall of prejudice, and swamp it to the very foundation. A Place at the Table •*- 37 Thirty-year-old Homer Plessy was jailed in 1892 for sitting in the "white" car of this train. In its landmark case Plessy v. S. " been a practice common only in Northern states. As one Mississippi newspaper declared, "We must keep women of color.
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