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American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta
by Nan Elizabeth Woodruff
Harvard University Press, 2003
eISBN: 978-0-674-04533-0 | Cloth: 978-0-674-01047-5
Library of Congress Classification F347.M6W667 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 976.2400496073

This is the story of how rural black people struggled against the oppressive sharecropping system of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta during the first half of the twentieth century. Delta planters, aided by local law enforcement, engaged in peonage, murder, theft, and disfranchisement. As individuals and through collective struggle, black men and women fought back, demanding a just return for their crops and laying claim to a democratic vision of citizenship. Nan Woodruff shows how the freedom fighters of the 1960s would draw on this half-century tradition of protest, thus expanding our standard notions of the civil rights movement and illuminating a neglected but significant slice of the American black experience.

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