Senator and the Sharecropper The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer
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Description: The epic struggle for black equality in the twentieth century, told through the deeply intertwined life histories of the staunch segregationist and his sharecropper nemesis. The Senator and the Sharecropperis the story of two larger-than-life personalities from one humble corner of the Mississippi Delta: the senator, James O. Eastland, a fabulously wealthy cotton planter and one of the most powerful figures in the U.S. Senate, and the sharecropper, Fannie Lou Hamer, who grew up desperately poor a few miles from Eastland's plantation. During Eastland's long tenure as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he ruthlessly and effectively bottled up civil rights legislation on Capitol Hill. From Hamer's lowly origins, she emerged as a spiritual leader of the civil rights movement that eventually toppled Eastlanda woman who "shook the foundations of the nation," in the words of Andrew Young. The Senator and the Sharecroppertells how these two pivotal figures came to confront one another on the national political stage at the height of the civil rights struggle. Their intertwined historiesset against a backdrop of Sunflower County's rise and fall as a center of cotton agricultureoffer a powerful window onto the unraveling of Jim Crow during the upheavals of the 1960s and, in our own time, the persistence of profound inequality in the post-civil rights era.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Chris Myers Asch teaches history at the University of the District of Columbia.
|Prologue: Sunflower County, 1994|
|Sunflower County, 1904|
|Planter's Son, Sharecroppers' Daughter|
|"Cotton Is Dynamite": New Deals in Sunflower County|
|"An Enormous Tragedy in the Making": Revolutions in Sunflower County and Abroad|
|"From Cotton - to Communism - to Segregation!": The Senator's Rise to Power|
|"No One Can Honestly Say Negroes Are Satisfied": The Sharecropper Embraces the Movement|
|"This Is America's Sickness"|
|"The Pendulum Is Swinging Back"|
|"Right on Back to the Plantation"|