For freedom's sake : the life of Fannie Lou Hamer
|Format:||Print Book 1999|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
Lee traces Hamer's early work as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in rural Mississippi, documenting the partial blindness she suffered after being arrested and beaten by local officials for leading a group of blacks to register for the vote. Hamer's dramatic appearance at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, where she led a group from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in a bid to unseat the all-white Mississippi delegation, brought both Hamer and the virtual powerlessness of black Mississippians to the nation's attention; but the convention also marked her first debilitating encounter with the middle class of the national civil rights movement.
Despite her national visibility, Hamer remained a militant grassroots leader who never stopped working for the betterment of her own community in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Among many local initiatives, she established the Freedom Farm Corporation, a revolutionary cooperative venture aimed at facilitating economic self-sufficiency for the rural poor.
Lee renders Hamer's acute political instincts, her rhetorical prowess, and her skill inretooling her past to serve strategic political purposes, as well as her deep frustration with a society that was willing to hold her up as an example of individual heroism but resisted her efforts at collective transformati
Black woman leader
Local need and electoral politics
The national stage
The Mississippi freedom labor union
Poverty, politics, and the freedom farm
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|Series||Women in American history.|
Hamer, Fannie Lou.
African American women civil rights workers -- Biography.
Civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography.
African American women civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
|Publisher|| Urbana :University of Illinois Press,1999
xvi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -244) and index.
|ISBN||0252021517 (acid-free paper)