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The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Edited by Ted Ownby

320 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, index

9781617039331 Printed casebinding $60.00S

Printed casebinding, $60.00

Essays from innovative, leading scholars covering the gamut of the movement

Essays by Chris Myers Asch, Emilye Crosby, David Cunningham, Jelani Favors, Françoise N. Hamlin, Wesley Hogan, Robert Luckett, Carter Dalton Lyon, Byron D'Andra Orey, Joseph T. Reiff, Akinyele Umoja, and Michael Vinson Williams

Based on new research and combining multiple scholarly approaches, these twelve essays tell new stories about the civil rights movement in the state most resistant to change. Wesley Hogan, Françoise N. Hamlin, and Michael Vinson Williams raise questions about how civil rights organizing took place. Three pairs of essays address African Americans' and whites' stories on education, religion, and the issues of violence. Jelani Favors and Robert Luckett analyze civil rights issues on the campuses of Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi. Carter Dalton Lyon and Joseph T. Reiff study people who confronted the question of how their religion related to their possible involvement in civil rights activism. By studying the Ku Klux Klan and the Deacons for Defense in Mississippi, David Cunningham and Akinyele Umoja ask who chose to use violence or to raise its possibility. The final three chapters describe some of the consequences and continuing questions raised by the civil rights movement. Byron D'Andra Orey analyzes the degree to which voting rights translated into political power for African American legislators. Chris Myers Asch studies a Freedom School that started in recent years in the Mississippi Delta. Emilye Crosby details the conflicting memories of Claiborne County residents and the parts of the civil rights movement they recall or ignore.

As a group, the essays introduce numerous new characters and conundrums into civil rights scholarship, advance efforts to study African Americans and whites as interactive agents in the complex stories, and encourage historians to pull civil rights scholarship closer toward the present.

Ted Ownby, Oxford, Mississippi, is professor of history and southern studies and director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He is the editor of The Role of Ideas in the Civil Rights South; Manners and Southern History; and Black and White: Cultural Interaction in the Antebellum South, all published by University Press of Mississippi

320 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, index