Freedom's Teacher, Enhanced Ebook: The Life of Septima Clark

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Mar 15, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
Civil rights activist Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987) developed a citizenship education program that enabled tens of thousands of African Americans to register to vote and to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment. Clark, who began her own teaching career in 1916, grounded her approach in the philosophy and practice of southern black activist educators in the decades leading up to the 1950s and 1960s, and then trained a committed cadre of grassroots black women to lead this literacy revolution in community stores, beauty shops, and churches throughout the South.

In this engaging biography, Katherine Charron tells the story of Clark, from her coming of age in the South Carolina lowcountry to her activism with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the movement's heyday.

The enhanced electronic version of the book draws from archives, libraries, and the author's personal collection and includes nearly 100 letters, documents, photographs, newspaper articles, and interview excerpts, embedding each in the text where it will be most meaningful. Featuring more than 60 audio clips (more than 2.5 hours total) from oral history interviews with 15 individuals, including Clark herself, the enhanced e-book redefines the idea of the "talking book."

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Contents

Septima Clarks Civil Rights Movement
1
1 Home Lessons
13
2 Taking Up the Work
50
3 Singing the Blues in the New Reconstruction
81
4 Political Training Grounds
116
5 The Battle Transformed
149
6 Crossing Broad
179
7 Bridging Past and Future
216
8 A Fight for Respect
264
9 Similar and Yet Different
302
A Right to the Tree of Life
345
South Carolina Educational Statistics
357
Notes
361
Bibliography
427
Index
453
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About the author (2012)

Katherine Mellen Charron is associate professor of history at North Carolina State University. She is coeditor of William Henry Singleton's Recollections of My Slavery Days.

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