Crossroads at Clarksdale by Francoise Nicole Hamlin
The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)

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Weaving national narratives from stories of the daily lives and familiar places of local residents, Francoise Hamlin chronicles the slow struggle for black freedom through the history of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Hamlin paints a full picture of the town over fifty years, recognizing the accomplishments of its diverse African American community and strong NAACP branch, and examining the extreme brutality of entrenched power there. The Clarksdale story defies triumphant narratives of dramatic change, and presents instead a layered, contentious, untidy, and often disappointingly unresolved civil rights movement.
Following the black freedom struggle in Clarksdale from World War II through the first decade of the twenty-first century allows Hamlin to tell multiple, interwoven stories about the town's people, their choices, and the extent of political change. She shows how members of civil rights organizations--especially local leaders Vera Pigee and Aaron Henry--worked to challenge Jim Crow through fights against inequality, police brutality, segregation, and, later, economic injustice. With Clarksdale still at a crossroads today, Hamlin explores how to evaluate success when poverty and inequality persist.
 

About Francoise Nicole Hamlin

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Françoise N. Hamlin is the Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Brown University.
 
Published May 28, 2012 by The University of North Carolina Press. 389 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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