Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black by Laurie B. Green

By Laurie B. Green

African American freedom is frequently outlined by way of emancipation and civil rights laws, however it didn't arrive with the stroke of a pen or the rap of a gavel. No unmarried occasion makes this extra undeniable, Laurie eco-friendly argues, than the 1968 Memphis sanitation staff' strike, which culminated within the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Exploring the thought of "freedom" in postwar Memphis, eco-friendly demonstrates that the civil rights circulation used to be struggling with an ongoing "plantation mentality" in line with race, gender, and gear that permeated southern tradition lengthy before--and even after--the groundbreaking laws of the mid-1960s.

With its slogan "I AM a Man!" the Memphis strike offers a clarion instance of ways the stream fought for a black freedom that consisted of not just constitutional rights but additionally social and human rights. because the sharecropping method crumbled and migrants streamed to the towns in the course of and after international struggle II, the fight for black freedom touched all points of lifestyle. eco-friendly lines the stream to new destinations, from protests opposed to police brutality and racist motion picture censorship regulations to recommendations in mass tradition, comparable to black-oriented radio stations. Incorporating rankings of oral histories, eco-friendly demonstrates that the interaction of politics, tradition, and realization is important to actually realizing freedom and the black fight for it.

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