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By J. Todd Moye

In the midst of the Mississippi Delta lies rural, black-majority Sunflower County. J. Todd Moye examines the social histories of civil rights and white resistance routine in Sunflower, tracing the improvement of organizing options in separate racial groups over 4 many years.

Sunflower County was once domestic to either James Eastland, the most strong reactionaries within the U.S. Senate within the 20th century, and Fannie Lou Hamer, the freedom-fighting sharecropper who rose to nationwide prominence as head of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic social gathering. Sunflower used to be the birthplace of the voters' Council, the white South's pre-eminent anti-civil rights association, however it was once additionally a hotbed of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) organizing and a fountainhead of freedom culture.

Using huge oral heritage interviews and archival examine, Moye situates the fight for democracy in Sunflower County in the context of nationwide advancements within the civil rights flow. Arguing that the civil rights circulation can't be understood as a countrywide monolith, Moye reframes it because the accumulation of millions of neighborhood activities, each one with particular objectives and methods. through carrying on with the research into the Nineteen Eighties, Let the folk Decide pushes the limits of traditional periodization, spotting the whole quantity of the civil rights movement.

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