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

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, Jan 5, 2011 - Social Science - 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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I am the great nephew of Eloise Toole-Hopson. I found this article after browsing the internet researching my wife's family lineage. I find this information so fascinating because not only was a student of my aunt, my mother also attended WCC. I can recall her rapping on "our" fingers when we looked at our hands during piano practice. I remember her as a frail but feisty person. She loved to ask you for your food after you'd already asked her if she wanted you to make her any. I can still picture her house on Penton St. where her brother (Albert) would take us during the summers.
As an English teacher, Aunt Eloise loved to correct you when your subject-verb agreement was incorrect. She always corrected me when I would say, "Me an ...." Her response would be, "I didn't know...was [Me-an] Mean. To this day, I use the same tactics on my children.
I would highly recommend talking to your elders. They can provide valuable information into your history.
-Great Nephew of "Aunt" Eloise Toole Hopson

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

8 For the Defendants
9 The Burgers of Hattiesburg
10 The Other Young Turks
Id Like to See Them Make Me Change Anything I Want to Say
12 Hercules and Its Inside Agitator Huck Dunagin
The Black Workers at Hercules
14 BF Bourn Storekeeper and Freedom Fighter

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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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