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Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II

Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II (Hardback)

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Weaving national narratives from stories of the daily lives and familiar places of local residents, Francoise Hamlin chronicles the slow struggle for black freedom through the history of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Hamlin paints a full picture of the town over fifty years, recognising the accomplishments of its diverse African American community and strong NAACP branch, and examining the extreme brutality of entrenched power there. The Clarksdale story defies triumphant narratives of dramatic change, and presents instead a layered, contentious, untidy, and often disappointingly unresolved civil rights movement. Following the black freedom struggle in Clarksdale from World War II through the first decade of the twenty-first century allows Hamlin to tell multiple, interwoven stories about the town's people, their choices, and the extent of political change. She shows how members of civil rights organisations, especially local leaders Vera Pigee and Aaron Henry, worked to challenge Jim Crow through fights against inequality, police brutality, segregation, and, later, economic injustice. With Clarksdale still at a crossroads today, Hamlin explores how to evaluate success when poverty and inequality persist.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesBlack & Asian studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesSocial discrimination Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press Publication Date: 15/04/2012 ISBN-13: 9780807835494  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Francoise N. Hamlin is the Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Brown University.

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