Battling the Plantation Mentality by Laurie B. Green
Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)

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African American freedom is often defined in terms of emancipation and civil rights legislation, but it did not arrive with the stroke of a pen or the rap of a gavel. No single event makes this more plain, Laurie Green argues, than the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike, which culminated in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Exploring the notion of freedom in postwar Memphis, Green demonstrates that the civil rights movement was battling an ongoing plantation mentality based on race, gender, and power that permeated southern culture long before--and even after--the groundbreaking legislation of the mid-1960s.

About Laurie B. Green

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Laurie B. Green is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin.
Published May 28, 2007 by The University of North Carolina Press. 430 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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