By J. Todd Moye
In the midst of the Mississippi Delta lies rural, black-majority Sunflower County. J. Todd Moye examines the social histories of civil rights and white resistance hobbies in Sunflower, tracing the improvement of organizing thoughts in separate racial groups over 4 decades.Sunflower County used to be domestic to either James Eastland, essentially the most robust reactionaries within the U.S. Senate within the 20th century, and Fannie Lou Hamer, the freedom-fighting sharecropper who rose to nationwide prominence as head of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic social gathering. Sunflower was once the birthplace of the electorate' Council, the white South's pre-eminent anti-civil rights association, however it was once additionally a hotbed of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) organizing and a fountainhead of freedom culture.Using wide oral historical past interviews and archival examine, Moye situates the fight for democracy in Sunflower County in the context of nationwide advancements within the civil rights flow. Arguing that the civil rights flow can't be understood as a countrywide monolith, Moye reframes it because the accumulation of millions of neighborhood hobbies, every one with particular ambitions and techniques. by way of carrying on with the research into the Eighties, allow the folk come to a decision pushes the bounds of traditional periodization, spotting the complete quantity of the civil rights flow.