The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Feb 1, 2011 - History - 392 pages
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In this fascinating study of race, politics, and economics in Mississippi, Chris Myers Asch tells the story of two extraordinary personalities--Fannie Lou Hamer and James O. Eastland--who represented deeply opposed sides of the civil rights movement. Both were from Sunflower County: Eastland was a wealthy white planter and one of the most powerful segregationists in the U.S. Senate, while Hamer, a sharecropper who grew up desperately poor just a few miles from the Eastland plantation, rose to become the spiritual leader of the Mississippi freedom struggle. Asch uses Hamer's and Eastland's entwined histories, set against the backdrop of Sunflower County's rise and fall as a center of cotton agriculture, to explore the county's changing social landscape during the mid-twentieth century and its persistence today as a land separate and unequal. Asch, who spent nearly a decade in Mississippi as an educator, offers a fresh look at the South's troubled ties to the cotton industry, the long struggle for civil rights, and unrelenting social and economic injustice through the eyes of two of the era's most important and intriguing figures.

 

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THE SENATOR AND THE SHARECROPPER: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer

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A plantation-owning senator and an impoverished farmer face off in the Mississippi Delta.There is little doubt that the author is deeply invested in Sunflower County, Miss., where he worked for years ... Read full review

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Arch, co-founder of the U.S. Public Service Academy and a former elementary school teacher in Mississippi's Sunflower County, chronicles the life and times of two Sunflower natives who became central ... Read full review

Contents

Sunflower County
1
1 Sunflower County
6
2 Planters Son Sharecroppers Daughter
33
New Deals in Sunflower County
65
Revolutions in Sunflower County and Abroad
99
The Senators Rise to Power
132
The Sharecropper Embraces the Movement
167
Confrontations
198
8 This Is Americas Sickness
221
9 The Pendulum Is Swinging Back
253
10 Right on Back to the Plantation
279
Notes
299
Index
355
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Chris Myers Asch teaches history at the University of the District of Columbia.

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