"A wonderfully evocative work of history that is a welcome--and needed--addition to the literature on the civil rights movement." -- "Register of the Kentucky Historical Society"
This is a model study. . . . A riveting read. . . . A compelling reminder that in many local communities across the South, the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965) marked the beginning, not the end, of demonstrations that are most associated with the civil rights movement.--Journal of Southern History
|This is a marvelous book--a riveting story of black activism in the latter days of the civil rights movement and the most comprehensive account of race relations in a southern community I have come across in years. The chapter on armed self-defense in the black community expands our definition of 'nonviolence.' Her documentation of the cozy relationship between the state's most visible black leader and the segregationist Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission is eye-opening, to say the least. A native of Claiborne County, Emilye Crosby had access to local leaders across the board, black and white. Modestly titled, A Little Taste of Freedom
is a big book, a major contribution to the new civil rights historiography.--John Dittmer, DePauw University |Crosby has delivered an intimate, complex portrait of racial struggle in a critical area of the Deep South. [A Little Taste of Freedom
] will stand as a model for community-level studies of the civil rights movement for years to come.--Journal of American History
|[A Little Taste of Freedom
] makes a significant contribution to civil rights movement scholarship and to the 21st century African American nonfiction canon.--Dunbar on Black Books
|A wonderfully evocative work of history that is a welcome--and needed--addition to the literature on the civil rights movement.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society