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The Resource Local people : the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi, John Dittmer

Local people : the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi, John Dittmer

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Local people : the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi
Title
Local people
Title remainder
the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi
Statement of responsibility
John Dittmer
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
For decades the most racially repressive state in the nation fought bitterly and violently to maintain white supremacy. John Dittmer traces the monumental battle waged by civil rights organizations and by local people, particularly courageous members of the black communities who were willing to put their lives on the line to establish basic human rights for all citizens of the state. Local People tells the whole grim story in depth for the first time, from the unsuccessful attempts of black World War II veterans to register to vote to the seating of a civil rights-oriented Mississippi delegation at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Particularly dramatic - and heartrending - is Dittmer's account of the tumultuous decade of the sixties: the freedom rides of 1961, which resulted in the imprisonment at Parchman of dozens of participants; the violent reactions to protests in McComb and Jackson and to voter registration drives in Greenwood and other cities; the riot in Oxford when James Meredith enrolled at Ole Miss; the cowardly murder of long-time leader Medgar Evers; and the brutal Klan lynchings of civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman during the Freedom Summer of 1964. Dittmer looks closely at the policies and actions of the Kennedy administration, which, bowing to Mississippi's powerful senators John Stennis and James Eastland, refused to intervene even in the face of obvious collusion among local officials and vigilantes. Through oral history accounts readers will come to know many of the local people and grass-roots organizers who worked, and in some cases gave their lives, for the cause of civil rights. Among those whose stories are told are Fannie Lou Hamer, the Sunflower County sharecropper who helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party; Victoria Gray and Annie Devine, who with Mrs. Hamer challenged the seating of Mississippi's congressional delegation in 1965; Bob Moses of SNCC, the most significant "outsider" in the movement; Hollis Watkins, a SNCC field secretary from southwest Mississippi; and Dave Dennis, a freedom rider from New Orleans who became CORE's Mississippi field secretary in 1962. In the final chapter, Dittmer charts the transformative strength of the Mississippi movement while pointing out the limitations of its hard-earned reforms. If black Mississippians did not achieve all their goals, he reminds us, they nonetheless managed to bring about extraordinary changes in a state that had been locked in the caste system for nearly a century
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Summary
Details the Black struggle for civil rights in Mississippi
Writing style
Awards note
Lillian Smith Book Award, 1994
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
323.1/1960730762
Illustrations
  • portraits
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.93.M6
LC item number
D58 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Series statement
Blacks in the New World
Target audience
adult
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the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi
Label
Local people : the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi, John Dittmer
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/heb.00071
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [439]-512) and index
Contents
  • Conflicting strategies
  • Freedom days
  • That summer
  • The Mississippi freedom Democratic party and the Atlantic City challenge
  • Aftermath in McComb
  • Battle fatigue
  • The collapse of the COFO coalition
  • CDGM and the politics of poverty
  • The last march
  • A new Mississippi?
  • We return fighting
  • Rising expectations, 1946-54
  • The magnolia jungle
  • Toward a new beginning
  • Outside agitators
  • Into the delta
  • Greenwood and Jackson
  • Organizing Mississippi
Control code
1600636
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
530 p.
Isbn
9780252021022
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
93039632
Other physical details
maps, ports.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm29184630
  • (OCoLC)29184630
Label
Local people : the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi, John Dittmer
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/heb.00071
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [439]-512) and index
Contents
  • Conflicting strategies
  • Freedom days
  • That summer
  • The Mississippi freedom Democratic party and the Atlantic City challenge
  • Aftermath in McComb
  • Battle fatigue
  • The collapse of the COFO coalition
  • CDGM and the politics of poverty
  • The last march
  • A new Mississippi?
  • We return fighting
  • Rising expectations, 1946-54
  • The magnolia jungle
  • Toward a new beginning
  • Outside agitators
  • Into the delta
  • Greenwood and Jackson
  • Organizing Mississippi
Control code
1600636
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
530 p.
Isbn
9780252021022
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
93039632
Other physical details
maps, ports.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm29184630
  • (OCoLC)29184630

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