I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, With a New Preface

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University of California Press, Mar 16, 2007 - History - 552 pages
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This momentous work offers a groundbreaking history of the early civil rights movement in the South with new material that situates the book in the context of subsequent movement literature.
 

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An amazing look at the grassroots organizing for civil rights that took place in Mississippi. A key text for those who interested in organizing a grassroots movement. Read full review

I'VE GOT THE LIGHT OF FREEDOM: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle

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With this history of the civil rights movement focusing on the Everyman turned hero, the commoner as crusader for justice, Payne challenges the old idea that history is the biography of great men ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
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
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

SLOW AND RESPECTFUL WORK Organizers and Organizing
236
A WOMANS WAR
265
TRANSITIONS
284

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

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