We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns : The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-01
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr

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So I want to talk about racism. I want to talk about Mississippi. I want to talk about events I observed that turned into history. I want to talk about black people who didn't know white people and white people who didn't know black people but who shared a season of time, a long, hot summer that some people now think of as mythic. But it wasn't mythic. Myths are populated by people who are bigger than life. I want to talk about people I met a long time ago in Mississippi who were not bigger than life, just more curious than some, more loving than some, more enlightened than some, more vulnerable than some, more lucky than some. I drew their pictures when they were younger and I was younger, and I wrote their stories in Stranger at the Gates more than forty years ago. I still want to talk about them. Those conversations were never finished. Those sketches were sketches, not a finished portrait. For me, Mississippi remains a remarkable work in progress." -from the Prologue Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. xi
Prologuep. xv
Introductionp. xix
The Long, Hot Summer, 1964
Charles McLaurinp. 3
Oxfordp. 7
The Deltap. 26
Goodman, Schwerner, Chaneyp. 32
The Lindseysp. 40
Blacks, Whites, and Whitesp. 52
Drewp. 56
Freedom Schoolp. 72
Fannie Lou Hamerp. 81
Drawing Conclusionsp. 86
Indianolap. 91
The Civil Rights Billp. 99
Birth of a Partyp. 102
Return to the Delta
June 1965p. 113
Return to the Lindseysp. 119
Durroughp. 126
Richardp. 132
Lindap. 136
Cephusp. 142
Margueritep. 147
Lizp. 151
Farewell to the Lindseysp. 157
Farewell to the Deltap. 162
The Roads from the Delta
Legacyp. 167
My Roadp. 170
Batte Lindseyp. 172
June Johnsonp. 175
L. C. Dorseyp. 181
Charlie Cobbp. 183
Martha Honeyp. 192
Owen Brooksp. 195
Leslie McLemorep. 197
In Memoriamp. 199
Linda Davisp. 202
John Lewisp. 210
Nonviolencep. 214
Julian Bondp. 221
Mississippi, October 2001
Mississippi Reduxp. 231
Return to Rulevillep. 235
Jack Harperp. 252
Losing the Childrenp. 255
The Story to Tellp. 264
Young Powerp. 266
Standing on Shouldersp. 269
Long Time Passingp. 275
Dale Gronemeierp. 277
Len Edwardsp. 280
Fortieth Reunion, 2004p. 284
Jim Dannp. 287
John Harrisp. 293
Liz Fuscop. 300
Chris Hexterp. 307
Unsettling Memoriesp. 314
Crossing the Highwayp. 318
Not a Strangerp. 330
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