For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
by Chana Lee
University of Illinois Press, 1999
Paper: 978-0-252-06936-9 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02151-0 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05029-9
Library of Congress Classification E185.97.H35L44 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.04960730092

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The youngest of twenty children of sharecroppers in rural Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer witnessed throughout her childhood the white cruelty, political exclusion, and relentless economic exploitation that defined African American existence in the Delta. 


In this intimate biography, Chana Kai Lee documents Hamer's lifelong crusade to empower the poor through collective action, her rise to national prominence as a civil rights activist, and the personal costs of her ongoing struggle to win a political voice and economic self-sufficiency for blacks in the segregated South. Lee looks at Hamer's early work as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Mississippi, her dramatic appearance at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, and her ongoing work as a militant grassroots leader in her own community.

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