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Crossroads at Clarksdale
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Weaving national narratives from stories of the daily lives and familiar places of local residents, Françoise 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvii
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  1. Introduction: The Black Freedom Struggle at the Crossroads
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. ONE: Washington Was Far Away: Defining a Different Postwar Delta
  2. pp. 9-41
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  1. TWO: M Is for Mississippi and Murder . . . and Mother
  2. pp. 42-72
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  1. THREE: I Think Freedom and Talk Freedom: Demanding Desegregation, 1960–1963
  2. pp. 73-115
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  1. FOUR: Fires of Frustration: Summers of 1963 to 1965
  2. pp. 116-166
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  1. FIVE: Children Should Not Be Subjected To What Is Going On There: Desegregating Schools
  2. pp. 167-208
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  1. SIX: It Was a Peaceful Revolution: Johnson’s Great Society and Economic Justice in Coahoma County
  2. pp. 209-243
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  1. Epilogue: I Have Not Ended the Story For There Is No End: Continuing Histories of Clarksdale’s Black Freedom Struggle
  2. pp. 244-262
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  1. Appendix: Black and White Freedom Summer Volunteers in Clarksdale
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 265-315
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 317-345
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 347-350
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 351-371
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