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

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University of California Press, 2007 - History - 525 pages
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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
  

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Brilliantly written. Such a fantastic book. It is exactly the book that I want to use to teach the Civil Rights Movement, and also far too long to assign in an undergraduate class as a whole book ... Read full review

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The single most important book I've come across on the civil rights movement. Read this book! Read full review

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Contents

SETTING THE STAGE
7
TESTING THE LIMITS Black Activism in Postwar Mississippi
29
GIVE LIGHT AND THE PEOPLE WILL FIND A WAY The Roots of an Organizing Tradition
67
MOVING ON MISSISSIPPI
103
GREENWOOD Building on the Past
132
IF YOU DONT GO DONT HINDER ME The Redefinition of Leadership
180
THEY KEPT THE STORY BEFORE ME Families and Traditions
207
SLOW AND RESPECTFUL WORK Organizers and Organizing
236
CARRYING ON The Politics of Empowerment
317
FROM SNCC TO SLICK The Demoralization of the Movement
338
MRS HAMER IS NO LONGER RELEVANT The Loss of the Organizing Tradition
363
THE ROUGH DRAFT OF HISTORY
391
EPILOGUE
407
The Social Construction of History
413
NOTES
443
INTERVIEWS
489

A WOMANS WAR
265
TRANSITIONS
284

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Page 1 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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About the author (2007)

Charles M. Payne is Professor and Bass Fellow, African American Studies, History and Sociology, Duke University

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