Beaches  Blood  and Ballots Book
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Beaches Blood and Ballots


  • Author : Gilbert R. Mason
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2007-06-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 265
  • ISBN 10 : 9781934110287
  • Total Read : 61
  • File Size : 8,5 Mb

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Beaches Blood and Ballots Summary:

The first book to focus on the integration of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Medgar Evers Book

Medgar Evers


  • Author : Michael Vinson Williams
  • Publisher : University of Arkansas Press
  • Release Date : 2011-11-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 474
  • ISBN 10 : 9781557289735
  • Total Read : 88
  • File Size : 8,8 Mb

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Medgar Evers Summary:

Civil rights activist Medgar Wiley Evers was well aware of the dangers he would face when he challenged the status quo in Mississippi in the 1950s and '60s, a place and time known for the brutal murders of those who challenged the status quo. Nonetheless, Evers consistently investigated the rapes, murders, beatings, and lynchings of black Mississippians and reported them to a national audience, all the while organizing economic boycotts, sit-ins, and street protests in Jackson as the NAACP's first full-time Mississippi field secretary. He organized and participated in voting drives and nonviolent direct-action protests, joined lawsuits to overturn school segregation, and devoted himself to a career that cost him his life. This biography of a lesser-knownbut seminal civil rights leader draws on personal interviews from Evers's widow, his remaining siblings, friends, schoolmates, and fellow activists to elucidate Evers as an individual, leader, husband, brother, and father. His story is a testament to theimportant role that grassroots activism played in exacting social change.--From publisher description.

Like Wildfire Book

Like Wildfire


  • Author : Sean Patrick O'Rourke
  • Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Release Date : 2020-06-02
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781643360836
  • Total Read : 85
  • File Size : 17,9 Mb

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Like Wildfire Summary:

The sit-ins of the American civil rights movement were extraordinary acts of dissent in an age marked by protest. By sitting in at "whites only" lunch counters, libraries, beaches, swimming pools, skating rinks, and churches, young African Americans and their allies put their lives on the line, fully aware that their actions would almost inevitably incite hateful, violent responses from entrenched and increasingly desperate white segregationists. And yet they did so in great numbers: most estimates suggest that in 1960 alone more than seventy thousand young people participated in sit-ins across the American South and more than three thousand were arrested. The simplicity and purity of the act of sitting in, coupled with the dignity and grace exhibited by participants, lent to the sit-in movement's sanctity and peaceful power. In Like Wildfire, editors Sean Patrick O'Rourke and Lesli K. Pace seek to clarify and analyze the power of civil rights sit-ins as rhetorical acts—persuasive campaigns designed to alter perceptions of apartheid social structures and to change the attitudes, laws, and policies that supported those structures. These cohesive essays from leading scholars offer a new appraisal of the origins, growth, and legacy of the sit-ins, which has gone largely ignored in scholarly literature. The authors examine different forms of sitting-in and the evolution of the rhetorical dynamics of sit-in protests, detailing the organizational strategies they employed and connecting them to later protests. By focusing on the persuasive power of demanding space, the contributors articulate the ways in which the protestors' battle for basic civil rights shaped social practices, laws, and the national dialogue. O'Rourke and Pace maintain that the legacies of the civil rights sit-ins have been many, complicated, and at times undervalued.

Faith in Bikinis Book

Faith in Bikinis


  • Author : Anthony Joseph Stanonis
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9780820333847
  • Total Read : 70
  • File Size : 14,6 Mb

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Faith in Bikinis Summary:

"This is a study of six beach resort communities on the U.S. South's Atlantic and Gulf coasts: Galveston, Biloxi, Panama City, St. Augustine, Myrtle Beach, and Virginia Beach. As these cities became leisure destinations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Anthony Stanonis argues, they were forced to balance the competing demands of modernizing consumer culture and Southern traditionalism. They also participated in an especially delicate dance regarding race--one involving everything from cultural anxieties around tanning to a practical desire to tamp down the sort of racial conflict that might discourage tourism. Stanonis suggests that these negotiations were not always successful. Residents of the beach towns who did not profit from tourism and resented catering to outsiders' values, for example, sometimes struck back through acts of violence. Stanonis traces the rise of the infrastructure of tourism, the tensions of preserving the environment, and the development of a profitable industry in a clear and objective fashion. More importantly, he explores the complexities of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and the tensions between a resort's illegal underground and its 'family entertainment.' The text contains a breadth of archival sources--including the author's own personal collection. The sources blend the perspectives of boosters and developers with those of residents and tourists. Stanonis skillfully weaves the stories of actual people throughout the historical narrative he constructs, which makes the manuscript both more enjoyable and more relevant"--

Aaron Henry of Mississippi Book

Aaron Henry of Mississippi


  • Author : Minion K. C. Morrison
  • Publisher : University of Arkansas Press
  • Release Date : 2015-07-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 363
  • ISBN 10 : 9781610755641
  • Total Read : 66
  • File Size : 5,5 Mb

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Aaron Henry of Mississippi Summary:

Winner of the 2016 Lillian Smith Book Award When Aaron Henry returned home to Mississippi from World War II service in 1946, he was part of wave of black servicemen who challenged the racial status quo. He became a pharmacist through the GI Bill, and as a prominent citizen, he organized a hometown chapter of the NAACP and relatively quickly became leader of the state chapter. From that launching pad he joined and helped lead an ensemble of activists who fundamentally challenged the system of segregation and the almost total exclusion of African Americans from the political structure. These efforts were most clearly evident in his leadership of the integrated Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegation, which, after an unsuccessful effort to unseat the lily-white Democratic delegation at the Democratic National Convention in 1964, won recognition from the national party in 1968. The man who the New York Times described as being “at the forefront of every significant boycott, sit-in, protest march, rally, voter registration drive and court case” eventually became a rare example of a social-movement leader who successfully moved into political office. Aaron Henry of Mississippi covers the life of this remarkable leader, from his humble beginnings in a sharecropping family to his election to the Mississippi house of representatives in 1979, all the while maintaining the social-change ideology that prompted him to improve his native state, and thereby the nation.

Hidden History of the Mississippi Sound Book

Hidden History of the Mississippi Sound


  • Author : Josh Foreman
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-06-24
  • Genre: Photography
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439667217
  • Total Read : 84
  • File Size : 11,9 Mb

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Hidden History of the Mississippi Sound Summary:

Inside are thirteen little-known tales from the Gulf Coast from Lake Borgne to Mobile. Sail into the Mississippi Sound with Bienville, the Frenchman covered in serpentine tattoos. Meet the heroes of the Sound: fearless Father LeDuc, who faced down Yankee pillagers; the wild woman of Horn Island, who could shoot as well as any man; and Ray Nosaka, who fed his body to the dogs of war, all in service of his country. Glimpse a school of the Sound's own patron fish, the striped mullet, Biloxi's bacon. But don't get too comfortable on the beach - a hurricane is always on the horizon. Join authors Josh Foreman and Ryan Starrett on this journey into the hidden history of the Mississippi Sound.

Mississippi after Katrina Book

Mississippi after Katrina


  • Author : Jennifer Trivedi
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2020-11-24
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 263
  • ISBN 10 : 9781793610140
  • Total Read : 62
  • File Size : 18,8 Mb

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Mississippi after Katrina Summary:

Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the American Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Biloxi, Mississippi, a small town on the coast, was one of the towns devastated directly by the storm. Drawing on ethnographic, media, and historic document research and analysis, Jennifer Trivedi explores the pre-disaster cultural, historical, social, political, and economic distinctions that shaped the recovery ofBiloxi and Biloxians. Trivedi examines how networks of people, groups, and institutions worked to prepare for and recover from the hurricane, reinforcing the distinctions that existed before the storm.

Hurricane Katrina Book

Hurricane Katrina


  • Author : James Patterson Smith
  • Publisher : University Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2012-02-21
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 1617030236
  • Total Read : 99
  • File Size : 7,8 Mb

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Hurricane Katrina Summary:

This book presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Rooted in a wealth of oral histories, it tells the dramatic but underreported story of a people who confronted the unprecedented devastation of sixty five thousand homes when the eye wall and powerful northeast quadrant of the hurricane swept a record thirty-foot storm surge across a seventy-five-mile stretch of unprotected Mississippi towns and cities. James Patterson Smith takes us through life and death accounts of storm day, August 29, 2005, and the precarious days of food and water shortages that followed. Along the way the narrative treats us to inspiring episodes of neighborly compassion and creative responses to the greatest natural disaster in American history. The heroes of this saga are the local people and local officials. In often moving accounts, the book addresses the Mississippi Gulf Coast's long struggle to remove a record-setting volume of debris and get on with the rebuilding of homes, schools, jobs, and public infrastructure. Along the way readers are offered insights into the politics of recovery funding and the bureaucratic bungling and hubris that afflicted the storm response and complicated and delayed the work of recovery. Still, there are ample accounts of things done well, and a moving chapter gives us a feel for the psychological, spiritual, and material impact of the eight hundred thousand people from across the nation who gave of themselves as volunteers in the Mississippi recovery effort.