I've Got the Light of Freedom : The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-03-16
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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This momentous work offers a groundbreaking history of the early civil rights movement in the South with new material that situates the book in the context of subsequent movement literature.

Author Biography

Charles M. Payne is Professor of History, African American Studies, and Sociology at Duke University

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2007 Editionp. XIII
Acknowledgmentsp. XXV
Introductionp. 1
Setting the Stagep. 7
Testing the Limits: Black Activism in Postwar Mississippip. 29
Give Light and the People Will Find a Way: The Roots of an Organizing Traditionp. 67
Moving on Mississippip. 103
Greenwood: Building on the Pastp. 132
If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The Redefinition of Leadershipp. 180
They Kept the Story Before Me: Families and Traditionsp. 207
Slow and Respecteul Work: Organizers and Organizingp. 236
A Woman's Warp. 265
Transitionsp. 284
Carrying On: The Politics of Empowermentp. 317
From SNCC to Slick: The Demoralization of the Movementp. 338
Mrs. Hamer is no Longer Relevant: The Loss of the Organizing Traditionp. 363
The Rough Draft of Historyp. 391
Epiloguep. 407
Bibliographic Essay: The Social Construction of Historyp. 413
Notesp. 443
Interviewsp. 489
Indexp. 493
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