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Author Payne, Charles M.

Title I've got the light of freedom : the organizing tradition and the Mississippi freedom struggle / Charles M. Payne.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  323.09762 PAYN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 525 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Notes "A Centennial book"--Half t.p.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-487) and index.
Contents 1. Setting the Stage -- 2. Testing the Limits: Black Activism in Postwar Mississippi -- 3. Give Light and the People Will Find a Way: The Roots of an Organizing Tradition -- 4. Moving on Mississippi -- 5. Greenwood: Building on the Past -- 6. If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The Redefinition of Leadership -- 7. They Kept the Story Before Me: Families and Traditions -- 8. Slow and Respectful Work: Organizers and Organizing -- 9. A Woman's War -- 10. Transitions -- 11. Carrying on: The Politics of Empowerment -- 12. From SNCC to Slick: The Demoralization of the Movement -- 13. Mrs. Hamer Is No Longer Relevant: The Loss of the Organizing Tradition -- 14. The Rough Draft of History -- Bibliographic Essay: The Social Construction of History.
Summary This momentous work offers a groundbreaking history of the early civil rights movement in the South. Using wide-ranging archival work and extensive interviews with movement participants, Payne uncovers a chapter of American history forged locally, in places like Greenwood, Mississippi, where countless unsung black people risked their lives for the freedom struggle.
Subject Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi.
Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- Greenwood -- History -- 20th century.
Mississippi -- Race relations.
Greenwood (Miss.) -- Race relations.
Variant Title I have got the light of freedom.
ISBN 0520085159 (alk. paper)