A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in by Emilye Crosby

By Emilye Crosby

During this long term group research of the liberty flow in rural, majority-black Claiborne County, Mississippi, Emilye Crosby explores the impression of the African American freedom fight on small groups commonly and questions universal assumptions which are in response to the nationwide circulation. The criminal successes on the nationwide point within the mid Sixties didn't finish the flow, Crosby contends, yet really emboldened humans around the South to start up waves of recent activities round neighborhood matters. Escalating assertiveness and calls for of African Americans--including the truth of armed self-defense--were severe to making sure significant neighborhood swap to a remarkably resilient process of white supremacy. In Claiborne County, a powerful boycott ultimately led the excellent court docket to confirm the legality of monetary boycotts for political protest. NAACP chief Charles Evers (brother of Medgar) controlled to earn probably contradictory help from the nationwide NAACP, the segregationist Sovereignty fee, and white liberals. learning either black activists and the white competition, Crosby employs conventional assets and greater than a hundred oral histories to investigate the political and financial concerns within the postmovement interval, the influence of the circulation and the resilience of white supremacy, and the methods those matters are heavily attached to competing histories of the group.

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In fact, the single largest group of participants came from Disharoon’s plantation. This was due to his willingness to see tenants move on and his practice of working with tenants who were fairly autonomous (owning their own equipment and farm animals) and well situated to take advantage of the program. Both whites and blacks helped Annie Holloway, then a tenant on the Allen plantation. A neighboring black minister encouraged her to apply and drove her to Alcorn to learn more about the program.

One man recalled that when his mother loaded lumber in the winter, she wore long underwear and three or four pairs of pants to try to stay warm. In contrast, employees in the drying kiln had to withstand extreme heat. As in sharecropping, box factory bosses were demanding and capricious with the authority to layo√, fire, and discipline workers at will. They expected workers to comply with last-minute overtime demands and work overtime for the regular pay rate. When machines broke down, they docked workers’ pay, sometimes for twice as long as the machine was broken.

Worth Long explains that ‘‘in white southern culture,’’ the ‘‘people who work for you . . ’’ As a result, ‘‘some white families helped in the education of . . their servants’ children. ’’ A black woman who graduated from Claiborne County Training School in 1954 attended college with help from a scholarship acquired through a white Port Gibson church and a loan secured by her mother’s white employer. Nate and Julia Jones developed important relationships with two white men, banker Eli Ellis and school superintendent Robert Segrest, who hunted on their property.

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