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The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer
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Most people who have heard of Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) are aware of the impassioned testimony that this Mississippi sharecropper and civil rights activist delivered at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Far fewer people are familiar with the speeches Hamer delivered at the 1968 and 1972 conventions, to say nothing of addresses she gave closer to home, or with Malcolm X in Harlem, or even at the founding of the National Women's Political Caucus. Until now, dozens of Hamer's speeches have been buried in archival collections and in the basements of movement veterans. After years of combing library archives, government documents, and private collections across the country, Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck have selected twenty-one of Hamer's most important speeches and testimonies.As the first volume to exclusively showcase Hamer's talents as an orator, this book includes speeches from the better part of her fifteen-year activist career delivered in response to occasions as distinct as a Vietnam War Moratorium Rally in Berkeley, California, and a summons to testify in a Mississippi courtroom.Brooks and Houck have coupled these heretofore unpublished speeches and testimonies with brief critical descriptions that place Hamer's words in context. The editors also include the last full-length oral history interview Hamer granted, a recent oral history interview Brooks conducted with Hamer's daughter, as well as a bibliography of additional primary and secondary sources. The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamerdemonstrates that there is still much to learn about and from this valiant black freedom movement activist.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Showing Love and Telling It Like It Is: The Rhetorical Practices of Fannie Lou Hamer
  2. pp. xi-xxxii
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  1. “I Don’t Mind My Light Shining,”: Speech Delivered at a Freedom Vote Rally in Greenwood, Mississippi, Fall 1963
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Federal Trial Testimony, Oxford, Mississippi, December 2, 1963
  2. pp. 7-35
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  1. Testimony Before a Select Panel on Mississippi and Civil Rights, Washington, D.C., June 8, 1964
  2. pp. 36-41
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  1. Testimony Before the Credentials Committee at the Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 22, 1964
  2. pp. 42-45
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  1. “We’re On Our Way,”: Speech Delivered at a Mass Meeting in Indianola, Mississippi, September 1964
  2. pp. 46-56
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  1. Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., September 13, 1965
  2. pp. 65-69
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  1. “The Only Thing We Can Do Is to Work Together,”: Speech Delivered at a Chapter Meeting of the National Council of Negro Women in Mississippi, 1967
  2. pp. 70-73
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  1. What Have We to Hail?,”: Speech Delivered in Kentucky, Summer 1968
  2. pp. 74-83
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  1. Speech on Behalf of the Alabama Delegation at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, August 27, 1968
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. Testimony Before the Democratic Reform Committee, Jackson, Mississippi, May 22, 1969
  2. pp. 94-97
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  1. “To Make Democracy a Reality,”: Speech Delivered at the Vietnam War Moratorium Rally, Berkeley, California, October 15, 1969
  2. pp. 98-103
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  1. America Is a Sick Place, and Man Is on the Critical List,”: Speech Delivered at Loop College, Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 1970
  2. pp. 104-120
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  1. “Until I Am Free, You Are Not Free Either,”: Speech Delivered at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, January 1971
  2. pp. 121-130
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  1. “Is It Too Late?,”: Speech Delivered at Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, Summer 1971
  2. pp. 131-133
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  1. Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free,”: Speech Delivered at the Founding of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Washington, D.C., July 10, 1971
  2. pp. 134-139
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  1. “If the Name of the Game Is Survive, Survive,”: Speech Delivered in Ruleville, Mississippi, September 27, 1971
  2. pp. 140-144
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  1. Seconding Speech for the Nomination of Frances Farenthold, Delivered at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, Miami Beach, Florida, July 13, 1972
  2. pp. 145-146
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  1. “We Haven’t Arrived Yet,”: Presentation and Responses to Questions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, January 29, 1976
  2. pp. 181-193
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  1. APPENDIX: Interview with Vergie Hamer Faulkner
  2. pp. 194-208
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. pp. 208-211
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  1. SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING AND RESEARCH
  2. pp. 212-216
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 250-254
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