Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote (Google eBook)

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2010 - History - 272 pages
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Forrest County, Mississippi, became a focal point of the civil rights movement when, in 1961, the United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit against its voting registrar Theron Lynd. While thirty percent of the county's residents were black, only twelve black persons were on its voting rolls. "United States v. Lynd" was the first trial that resulted in the conviction of a southern registrar for contempt of court. The case served as a model for other challenges to voter discrimination in the South, and was an important influence in shaping the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

"Count Them One by One" is a comprehensive account of the groundbreaking case written by one of the Justice Department's trial attorneys. Gordon A. Martin, Jr., then a newly-minted lawyer, traveled to Hattiesburg from Washington to help shape the federal case against Lynd. He met with and prepared the government's sixteen black witnesses who had been refused registration, found white witnesses, and was one of the lawyers during the trial.

Decades later, Martin returned to Mississippi and interviewed the still-living witnesses, their children, and friends. Martin intertwines these current reflections with commentary about the case itself. The result is an impassioned, cogent fusion of reportage, oral history, and memoir about a trial that fundamentally reshaped liberty and the South.

  

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Contents

In the Office of Registrar Luther Cox How Many Bubbles in a Bar of Soap?
3
1 RaceHaunted Mississippi
6
2 A Civil Rights Division in Justice
19
3 Civil Rights and the 1960 Campaign
30
4 Theron Lynd and the End of an Era
36
5 Preparing for Trial
39
6 The New Judge in the Southern District of Mississippi
53
7 The First Witness Jesse Stegall
63
15 The Reverends James C Chandler and Wayne Kelly Pittman
157
16 The Reverend Wendell Phillips Taylor
167
17 The Leader Vernon Dahmer
176
18 The White Witnesses and the Women Who Registered Them
179
Theron Lynd Takes the Stand
190
Getting On with the Job at Hand
199
21 After the Trial
213
22 Mississippi Today
231

8 For the Defendants
77
9 The Burgers of Hattiesburg
86
10 The Other Young Turks
94
Id Like to See Them Make Me Change Anything I Want to Say
109
12 Hercules and Its Inside Agitator Huck Dunagin
116
The Black Workers at Hercules
130
14 BF Bourn Storekeeper and Freedom Fighter
154
EPILOGUE
234
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
236
NOTES
238
BIBLIOGRAPHY
260
INDEX
265
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Gordon A. Martin, Jr., Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is a retired trial judge, and an adjunct professor of law at New England Law School (Boston). His work has been published in the "New England Law Review", "Commonweal", the "Jackson Clarion-Ledger", the "Boston Globe", the "New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement", and other periodicals.

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