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Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi - Protest Politics and the Struggle for Racial Justice, 1960-1965 (Hardcover, New) Loot Price: R1,152
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Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi - Protest Politics and the Struggle for Racial Justice, 1960-1965 (Hardcover,...

Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi - Protest Politics and the Struggle for Racial Justice, 1960-1965 (Hardcover, New)

James P. Marshall, Staughton Lynd

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In 1960, Mississippi society still drew a sharp line between its African American and white communities. In the 1890s, the state had created a repressive racial system that ensured white supremacy by legally segregating black residents and removing their basic citizenship and voting rights. Over the ensuing decades, white residents suppressed African Americans who dared challenge that system with an array of violence, terror, and murder. In 1960, students supporting civil rights moved into Mississippi and challenged this repressive racial order by encouraging African Americans to reassert the rights guaranteed them under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The ensuing social upheaval changed the state forever. In Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi, James P. Marshall, a former civil rights activist, tells the complete story of the quest for civil rights in Mississippi. Using a voluminous array of sources as well as his own memories, Marshall weaves together an astonishing account of student protestors and local activists who risked their lives for equality, standing between southern resistance and federal inaction. Their efforts, and the horrific violence inflicted on them, helped push many non-southerners and the federal government into action, culminating in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act- measures that destroyed legalized segregation and disfranchisement. Ultimately, Marshall contends, student activism in Mississippi helped forge a consensus by reminding the American public of its forgotten promises and by educating the nation that African Americans in the South deserved to live as free and equal citizens.

General

Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: March 2013
First published: March 2013
Contributors: James P. Marshall • Staughton Lynd
Dimensions: 231 x 152 x 30mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 336
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-8071-4984-3
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights > Civil rights & citizenship
LSN: 0-8071-4984-5
Barcode: 9780807149843

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