I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle / Edition 2

I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle / Edition 2

by Charles M. Payne
     
 


“With this history of the civil rights movement focusing on Everyman-turned-hero, the commoner as crusader for justice, Payne challenges the old idea that history is the biography of great men.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Remarkably astute in its judgments and strikingly sophisticated in its analyses . . . it is one of the most significant studies of

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“With this history of the civil rights movement focusing on Everyman-turned-hero, the commoner as crusader for justice, Payne challenges the old idea that history is the biography of great men.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Remarkably astute in its judgments and strikingly sophisticated in its analyses . . . it is one of the most significant studies of the Black freedom struggle yet published.”—David J. Garrow, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Bearing the Cross

“This extremely important book clearly reveals the logic of how ordinary people propelled the civil rights movement. . . . [It] provides a basis for optimism as we approach the next century.”—Aldon Morris, author of The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520251762
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/16/2007
Edition description:
With a New Preface
Pages:
552
Sales rank:
576,393
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Setting the Stage7
2Testing the Limits: Black Activism in Postwar Mississippi29
3Give Light and the People Will Find a Way: The Roots of an Organizing Tradition67
4Moving on Mississippi103
5Greenwood: Building on the Past132
6If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The Redefinition of Leadership180
7They Kept the Story Before Me: Families and Traditions207
8Slow and Respectful Work: Organizers and Organizing236
9A Woman's War265
10Transitions284
11Carrying on: The Politics of Empowerment317
12From SNCC to Slick: The Demoralization of the Movement338
13Mrs. Hamer Is No Longer Relevant: The Loss of the Organizing Tradition363
14The Rough Draft of History391
Epilogue407
Bibliographic Essay: The Social Construction of History413
Notes443
Interviews489
Index493

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