A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in by Emilye Crosby

By Emilye Crosby

During this long term neighborhood examine of the liberty flow in rural, majority-black Claiborne County, Mississippi, Emilye Crosby explores the influence of the African American freedom fight on small groups ordinarily and questions universal assumptions which are in accordance with the nationwide stream. The felony successes on the nationwide point within the mid Nineteen Sixties didn't finish the circulate, Crosby contends, yet relatively emboldened humans around the South to begin waves of latest activities round neighborhood matters. Escalating assertiveness and calls for of African Americans--including the truth of armed self-defense--were serious to making sure significant neighborhood switch to a remarkably resilient method of white supremacy. In Claiborne County, a powerful boycott ultimately led the ultimate courtroom to confirm the legality of financial boycotts for political protest. NAACP chief Charles Evers (brother of Medgar) controlled to earn doubtless contradictory help from the nationwide NAACP, the segregationist Sovereignty fee, and white liberals. learning either black activists and the white competition, Crosby employs conventional assets and greater than a hundred oral histories to investigate the political and monetary concerns within the postmovement interval, the influence of the circulation and the resilience of white supremacy, and the methods those concerns are heavily attached to competing histories of the group.

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He said after they got a certain age that they were told ‘Now look, you have to call this Mr. Percy and Mr. ’’≤∏ c h a p t e r Tw o A Taste of Freedom White dominance continued almost unchecked until the civil rights movement of the 1960s, but the Great Depression, New Deal, and World War II helped tear small holes in the fabric of white supremacy and set in motion large structural shifts that provided the impetus for fundamental change. The Depression era drop in cotton prices, combined with flooding and boll weevils, threatened cotton’s centrality to Mississippi’s economy.

According to Katie Ellis, ‘‘Everybody was talking that we’ll never pay for it. ‘Oh, you under bondage, you’ll never get out of debt. ’ ’’ These comments, too, reflected typical tenant experiences of inequitable settlements and unending debt. ∏ It was also di≈cult for blacks to escape the widespread belief that white planters took care of their sharecroppers. James Dorsey remembered that landlords would tell tenants, ‘‘I’m treating you better than the government will. ’’ Annie Holloway confronted this issue when her husband expressed reservations about leaving sharecropping.

Over the years, the blacks who did manage to buy land had to struggle to keep it; stories of blacks losing land through fraud and violence permeate Claiborne County oral histories. For example, Katie Ellis insisted that whites took land from her grandfather. ‘‘He paid for it, but they didn’t give him no honor for it. They took it from him. And they say he never did pay for it. [Black] people didn’t own no land much. ’’≥ A Taste of Freedom | 17 Despite general white opposition to black landowning, few Claiborne County whites perceived the TPP as a threat.

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