Contents

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

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Introduction: Shadow History

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pp. xiii-xv

On April 23, 1963, Bill Moore, a white mailman, was shot dead on a highway near Attalla, Alabama. He was walking to Jackson, Mississippi, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to hand-deliver a plea for racial tolerance to Governor Ross Barnett. Floyd Simpson, a white Alabama grocer, was arrested and charged with Moore's murder. ...

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Part I: The Postman's Walk

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pp. 1-95

The spring air was warm, almost hot, when Bill Moore arrived at the Greyhound bus station on Market Street in downtown Chattanooga. It was nearly three o'clock on a Sunday afternoon, April 21, 1963. Moore looked like a lot of the men who came through the terminal that day—tall, middle-aged, white, heavyset, a little down on his luck. ...

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Part II: The Freedom Walk

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pp. 97-200

Fifteen hundred black citizens of Birmingham, Alabama, lifted their voices at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday evening, April 23, 1963, to welcome Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., just returned from eight days in jail for defying an injunction against parading without a license. The midweek service was to honor the city's youth: college students, high school students, and other teens who'd been participating in nonviolent workshops, picketing against Jim Crow, and demonstrating in front of the downtown stores. ...

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Epilogue: Highway 11 Revisited

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pp. 201-208

In the spring of 20001 drove to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and down Highway 11 through Georgia and northeast Alabama to follow the trail of William Moore, Sam Shirah, and Floyd Simpson. I fully expected to travel through Dogpatch, and, as with most of the assumptions I had made when I set out to write this book, I was completely and absolutely wrong. ...

Appendix 1: The Walks and the Walkers

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pp. 209-210

Appendix 2: Timeline

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pp. 211-222

Notes

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pp. 223-234

Bibliography

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pp. 235-241

Index

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pp. 243-254