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By Emilye Crosby
During this long term group examine of the liberty move in rural, majority-black Claiborne County, Mississippi, Emilye Crosby explores the influence of the African American freedom fight on small groups commonly and questions universal assumptions which are in response to the nationwide stream. The criminal successes on the nationwide point within the mid Nineteen Sixties didn't finish the circulation, Crosby contends, yet quite 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 severe to making sure significant neighborhood swap to a remarkably resilient procedure of white supremacy. In Claiborne County, a powerful boycott ultimately led the best courtroom to verify the legality of financial boycotts for political protest. NAACP chief Charles Evers (brother of Medgar) controlled to earn possible 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 research the political and fiscal concerns within the postmovement interval, the influence of the flow and the resilience of white supremacy, and the methods those matters are heavily attached to competing histories of the group.
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During his NLRB testimony, Doss assertively contradicted his foreman’s contention that he had been asked to work overtime, saying, ‘‘Mr. Gallman, I can’t help what you believe. ’’ In another typical exchange, Doss responded impatiently to a question he had already answered, saying, ‘‘Now you hear me say I don’t know because I went home. ’’ Other witnesses held their ground and found ways to assert their viewpoint, but none was as direct as Doss. ’’≤≥ Doss’s experience also illustrates that even though workers had won union representation, the company retained virtually absolute authority over personnel decisions.
Come back up here and wake her up. ’’ Lydell Page sold burial insurance and did farm, sawmill, and construction work before working as a paper hanger. His comment that he ‘‘scu∆ed’’ to make a living was probably apt for much of the county’s black community. After describing his childhood and work life, another black man concluded, ‘‘I come up the hard way. It was so rough I reckon I wouldn’t even talk about it. ’’∫ The legacy of slavery and the low wages paid African Americans allowed most Adapting and Preserving White Supremacy | 33 white families to employ black maids and laborers to do domestic and yard work.
Wheeless stood outside one union meeting to see which workers attended. At another, the sheri√ threatened to run the organizer out of town. ’’ The company tried to circumvent collective bargaining by reinstituting a policy of having workers sign individual job applications/contracts. Once standard practice, they had been discontinued during the war. When the company reintroduced the form during the union drive, workers were willing to submit to a physical exam and fill out the questions related to family, health, and past work history.
A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) by Emilye Crosby