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        Freedom Riders: The Young Witness

        In this video segment adapted from the American Experience: "Freedom Riders" Web site, watch interviews and newsreel footage and see archival photos to learn about the response of one young Southerner to her community's violent confrontation with the Freedom Riders in May 1961. Janie Forsyth, a 12-year-old girl living on the outskirts of Anniston, Alabama, was moved to assist injured Freedom Riders when their bus was firebombed outside her father's grocery store. Her action earned her the hostility of her community, which felt that violent resistance was required to preserve the existing segregated order. This resource is part of the American Experience: Freedom Riders collection.

        This video includes language that is considered offensive. However, it provides authentic documentation of the bigotry of the era.

        This media asset was adapted from the American Experience: "Freedom Riders" Web site.

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