Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America / Edition 1

Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America / Edition 1

by Wesley C. Hogan
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The University of North Carolina Press
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Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America / Edition 1

How did the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee break open the caste system in the American South between 1960 and 1965? In this innovative study, Wesley Hogan explores what SNCC accomplished and, more important, how it fostered significant social change in such a short time. She offers new insights into the internal dynamics of SNCC as well as the workings of the larger civil rights and Black Power movement of which it was a part.

As Hogan chronicles, the members of SNCC created some of the civil rights movement's boldest experiments in freedom, including the sit-ins of 1960, the rejuvenated Freedom Rides of 1961, and grassroots democracy projects in Georgia and Mississippi. She highlights several key players—including Charles Sherrod, Bob Moses, and Fannie Lou Hamer—as innovators of grassroots activism and democratic practice.

Breaking new ground, Hogan shows how SNCC laid the foundation for the emergence of the New Left and created new definitions of political leadership during the civil rights and Vietnam eras. She traces the ways other social movements—such as Black Power, women's liberation, and the antiwar movement—adapted practices developed within SNCC to apply to their particular causes. Many Minds, One Heart ultimately reframes the movement and asks us to look anew at where America stands on justice and equality today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807859599
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Edition description: 1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 1,066,141
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 A Movement Education

1 The Nonviolent Anvil 13

2 Come Get My Mattress and I'll Keep My Soul: Freedom Riding 45

3 The Inner Life of Recruiting 56

Part 2 How Democracy Travels

4 Bridges to the North 95

5 Testing the Southern Blueprint 117

6 SNCC Teaches SDS How to Act 133

Part 3 Delta Civics: Fashioning a New America

7 The Core Struggle 143

8 The High Summer of Transformation 155

Part 4 Movement Ecology

9 Contact with Power: Atlantic City 185

10 Desperate Initiatives: Waveland 197

11 Vertigo 219

12 Not Quite There: The Search for Enduring Ground 226

Conclusion: Freedom as an Inside Job 235

After word: Beyond Sacred Ground 256

Appendix A We'll Never Turn Back: Freedom Songs 259

Appendix B Affidavits 261

Appendix C The Other Sacred Ground 264

Appendix D Incidents of Violence against Voter Registration Activities in Mississippi, 1964 268

Appendix E James Forman's Speech at Waveland, November 1964 273

Appendix F Suggested Structures for SNCC, November 1964 277

Appendix G Structure Debate at Waveland 283

Appendix H SNCC as the Borning Struggle 284

Notes 295

Bibliography 395

Acknowledgments 435

Index 439

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