The Second Battle of New Orleans the Hundred-Year Struggle to Integrate the Schools
- List Price: $14.00
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
- Publish date: 12/01/1996
- ISBN: 9780060955069
- ISBN10: 0060955066
The little girl's name was Ruby Bridges. She was braving the crowd's hostility because her mother, the daughter of Mississippi sharecroppers, who could read a little and write a very little, "wanted it better for (her) kids".
(John) Steinbeck described Ruby in his best-selling Travels with Charley as "the littlest Negro girl you ever saw, dressed in starchy white, with new white shoes on feet so little they were almost round". As tomatoes, rotten eggs, and spittle whizzed over her head, barely missing her, she looked, said Steinbeck, like a "frightened fawn". The hair ribbon on her pigtail bobbed up and down exuding a perkiness nobody felt.