Introduction: National honor/public mythology : the passing of Rosa Parks
"A life history of being rebellious" : the early years of Rosa McCauley Parks
"It was very difficult to keep going when all our work seemed to be in vain" : the Civil Rights movement before the Bus Boycott
"I had been pushed as far as I could stand to be pushed" : Rosa Parks's bus stand
"There lived a great people" : the Montgomery Bus Boycott
"It is fine to be a heroine but the price is high" : the suffering of Rosa Parks
"The Northern promised land that wasn't" : Rosa Parks and the Black Freedom struggle in Detroit
"Any move to show we are dissatisfied" : Mrs. Parks in the Black Power era
Conclusion: "Racism is still alive" : negotiating the politics of being a symbol.
The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement and presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks.