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Local people : the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi / John Dittmer.

By: Dittmer, John, 1939-.
Contributor(s): American Council of Learned Societies.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Blacks in the New World. ACLS Humanities E-Book.Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1995, c1994Edition: Illini Books ed.Description: 530 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0252065077.Subject(s): African Americans -- Mississippi -- Politics and government | African Americans -- Mississippi -- Suffrage | Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century | Mississippi -- Race relations | Mississippi -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950 | Mississippi -- Politics and government -- 1951-LOC classification: E185.93.M6 | 1995, c1994Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. In: ACLS Humanities E-BookURL:
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Scholarly Publishing Office, 2002. Includes both TIFF files and keyword searchable text. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book]) Mode of access: Intranet. This volume is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Dittmer traces the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement from the end of WW II until its demise in 1968. Although the initial efforts of local middle-class National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) members for voting rights and school integration largely failed in the face of extreme white racism and violence, a broader, deeper grassroots movement emerged in the 1960s that dramatically altered Mississippi's "closed society." Catalyzed by youthful organizers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and their umbrella organization, the Congress of Federated Organizations (COFO), poor African Americans successfully claimed their voting rights, overcame a reign of terror, and challenged segregation. This is one of the very best studies of the Civil Rights Movement. Based on extensive research, it is a powerful analysis that reveals the Mississippi movement, black and white, within the larger social, economic, and political contexts. Powerfully written, Local People is a major study of one of America's most important social movements; it is most highly recommended for all audiences. J. Borchert; Cleveland State University

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John Dittmer, a professor of history at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, is the author of Black Georgia in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920. From 1967 to 1979 he taught history at Tougaloo College in Mississippi.<br>

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