THE SENATOR AND THE SHARECROPPER: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer.

Asch, Chris Myers.

ISBN 10: 1595583327 / ISBN 13: 9781595583321
Published by New York: The New Press, (2008.) dj, 2008
Hardcover
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. This sensitive and thoroughly researched study intertwines the life histories of a James Eastland, a rich cotton planter and staunch segregationist Senator and Fannie Lou Hamer, a former sharecropper who grew up desperately poor just a few miles from the Eastland home, and became the spirtual leader of the Mississippi civil rights movement. It explores the contradictions found in a county like Sunflower, Mississippi. Illustrated with photographs, notes, index. xvi, 368 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.). Bookseller Inventory # 45613

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Title: THE SENATOR AND THE SHARECROPPER: The ...

Publisher: New York: The New Press, (2008.) dj

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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The epic struggle for black equality in the twentieth century, told through the deeply intertwined life histories of the staunch segregationist and his sharecropper nemesis.

Sunflower County, Mississippi, is a land of seeming contradictions. It boasts some of the world's richest soil, yet has produced widespread poverty that lingers to this day. It stood at the epicenter of the civil rights movement, yet still suffers from racial inequality. It has been on the forefront of globalization, yet continues to stagnate economically.

The Senator and the Sharecropper explores these paradoxes, telling the story of two larger-than-life personalities who epitomized the county's extremes: the senator, James O. Eastland, a wealthy white cotton planter who was one of the most powerful segregationists in the U.S. Senate, and the sharecropper, Fannie Lou Hamer, who grew up desperately poor just a few miles from the Eastland plantation and rose to become the spiritual leader of the Mississippi freedom struggle. Their intertwined histories-set against a backdrop of Sunflower County's rise and fall as a center of cotton agriculture-show how this isolated county weathered revolutionary changes in seemingly distant realms, from the global economy to the Cold War to national politics.

Although Sunflower County would be transformed during the tumultuous decades of the mid-twentieth century, it remained at century's end resiliently separate and unequal. Asch, who spent nearly a decade here as an educator, combines a scholar's attention to fact with an insider's love of the area to tell a maddening but compelling, discouraging yet inspirational story of change and continuity in a land few Americans understand.

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"This elegant book yields fresh insight into the tumultuous decades of the 1950s and 1960s and sobering reflection on why segregation, poverty, and racial inequality continue to define life for many in Mississippi and beyond."--Patricia Sullivan, Emory University

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