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Hands on the Freedom Plow Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC

ISBN-10: 0252078888
ISBN-13: 9780252078880
Edition: 2012
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Description:  InHands on the Freedom Plow,fifty-two women--northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina--share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on the front  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 7/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

 InHands on the Freedom Plow,fifty-two women--northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina--share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. The testimonies gathered here present a sweeping personal history of SNCC: early sit-ins, voter registration campaigns, and freedom rides; the 1963 March on Washington, the Mississippi Freedom Summer, and the movements in Alabama and Maryland; and Black Power and antiwar activism. Since the women spent time in the Deep South, many also describe risking their lives through beatings and arrests and witnessing unspeakable violence. These intense stories depict women, many very young, dealing with extreme fear and finding the remarkable strength to survive. The women in SNCC acquired new skills, experienced personal growth, sustained one another, and even had fun in the midst of serious struggle. Readers are privy to their analyses of the Movement, its tactics, strategies, and underlying philosophies. The contributors revisit central debates of the struggle including the role of nonviolence and self-defense, the role of white people in a black-led movement, and the role of women within the Movement and the society at large.   Each story reveals how the struggle for social change was formed, supported, and maintained by the women who kept their "hands on the freedom plow." As the editors write in the introduction, "Though the voices are different, they all tell the same story--of women bursting out of constraints, leaving school, leaving their hometowns, meeting new people, talking into the night, laughing, going to jail, being afraid, teaching in Freedom Schools, working in the field, dancing at the Elks Hall, working the WATS line to relay horror story after horror story, telling the press, telling the story, telling the word. And making a difference in this world."

Introduction
Fighting for My Rights: One SNCC Woman's Experience, 1961-1964
From Little Memphis Girl to Mississippi Amazon
Entering Troubled Waters: Sit-ins, the Founding of SNCC, and the Freedom Rides, 1960-1963
What We Were Talking about Was Our Future
An Official Observer
Onto Open Ground
Two Variations on Nonviolence
A Young Communist Joins SNCC
Watching, Waiting, and Resisting
Diary of a Freedom Rider
They Are the Ones Who Got Scared
Movement Leaning Posts: The Heart and Soul of the Southwest Georgia Movement, 1961-1963
Ripe for the Picking
Finding Form for the Expression of My Discontent
Uncovered and Without Shelter, I Joined This Movement for Freedom
We Turned This Upside-Down Country Right Side Up
Everybody Called Me "Teach"
I Love to Sing
Since I Laid My Burden Down
We Just Kept Going
Standing Tall: The Southwest Georgia Movement, 1962-1963
It Was Simply in My Blood
Freedom-Faith
Resistance U
Caught in the Middle
Get on Board: The Mississippi Movement through the Atlantic City Challenge, 1961-1964
Standing Up for Our Beliefs
Inside and Outside of Two Worlds
They Didn't Know the Power of Women
Do Whatever You Are Big Enough to Do
Depending on Ourselves
A Grand Romantic Notion
If We Must Die
Cambridge, Maryland: The Movement under Attack, 1961-1964
The Energy of the People Passing through Me
A Sense of Family: The National SNCC Office, 1960-1964
Peek around the Mountain
My Real Vocation
A SNCC Blue Book
Getting Out the News
It's Okay to Fight the Status Quo
SNCC: My Enduring "Circle of Trust"
Working in the Eye of the Social Movement Storm
In the Attics of My Mind
Building a New World
Fighting Another Day: The Mississippi Movement after Atlantic City, 1964-1966
A Simple Question
The Mississippi Cotton Vote
The Freedom Struggle Was the Flame
An Interracial Alliance of the Poor: An Elusive Populist Fantasy?
We Weren't the Bad Guys
Sometimes in the Ground Troops, Sometimes in the Leadership
The Constant Struggle: The Alabama Movement, 1963-1966
There Are No Cowards in My Family
Singing for Freedom
Bloody Selma
Playtime Is Over
Captured by the Movement
We'll Never Turn Back
Letter to My Adolescent Son
Black Power. Issues of Continuity, Change, and Personal Identity, 1964-1969
Neither Black nor White in a Black-White World
I Knew I Wasn't White, but in America What Was I?
Time to Get Ready
Born Freedom Fighter
Postscript: We Who Believe in Freedom
Index
Illustrations follow pages 84, 156, and 270.

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