Most people seem to think the struggle for civil rights started when Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus. The reality is there was a tremendous amount of heavy lifting well before the 1950s. In her new book, Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice 1880-1915, author Susan Carle reveals practially unknown people and stories that made things like the Voting Rights Act of 1965 possible. There are a lot of lessons relevant to where we find ourselves today.

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