“Bloody Lowndes is an important book. The author's careful analysis of the 1966 election is both readable and quite useful to understanding the importance of the moment.”
“Jeffries has written the book historians of the black freedom movement have been waiting for. His beautifully written account rescues Lowndes County from its role as merely a backdrop to ‘Black Power,’ to being one of the key battlegrounds for democracy in the United States. Here are local people whose local struggles have contributed mightily to the kind of politics we desperately need in the Obama age—the politics of 'freedom democracy,' a politics born in Reconstruction, rooted in social justice and human rights, and honed in the Alabama cotton belt.”
-Robin D. G. Kelley,author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
“Excellent scholarship, important history, and an invaluable contribution to understanding current and future “conversations” on race and politics in a dynamically changing political environment.”
-Charles V. Hamilton,co-author of Black Power: The Politics of Liberation
“Jeffries’s Bloody Lowndes is an important contribution to the literature of the African American freedom struggle. Jeffries reveals the deep historical roots of black struggles against racial and economic oppression in the Black Belt. He makes clear that the civil rights reforms of the 1960s were insufficient responses to the ‘freedom politics’ that spawned the Lowndes County Freedom Organization—the first Black Panther Party.”
-Clayborne Carson,author of In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s
Hasan Kwame Jeffries is Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University, where he holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
Really thorough analysis of the importance of Lowndes County during the civil rights movement.
This is a landmark book; and our field will benefit immensely from its insightful and meticulous interpretation.
You will feel all sorts of emotions while reading this book, from anger to pride to disappointment to hope.
There are so many layers to this text that it would be difficult to describe its power in just a few lines. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Abigail Suzahns
Black Power was more than a slogan in rural Lowndes County in the 1960's; it was a call to action. Jeffries's book positions Lowndes County as the scene of one of SNCC's finest... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Maria Gitin
Jeffries brilliantly captures the history of the struggle to control the black labor force in Lowndes County, Alabama! Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Flowers