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Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC Paperback – July 20, 2012
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"The testimonies of these remarkable women are an indispensable part of the history of the southern movement against racial segregation. They enable us to see the Movement up close through essays that are intensely personal, and at the same time they thoughtfully illuminate the larger struggle for justice."--Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present
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The accounts also remind us, in a very personal way, of the terrible injustices of segregation and of our national government's indifference to the violence directed against African Americans and their allies. Will the same kind of stories be told in fifty years by Latino immigrants to our country?
This book should spark great discussions about civil rights, human rights, women's rights, and the rule of law in almost any book discussion group. It's also a wonderful book for high school civics and history teachers to excerpt for their classes. And it is a fascinating study of the organization of a mass movement.
James Baldwin once observed that: "The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do." No book in recent memory better illustrates the essential truth of that observation than Hands on the Freedom Plow.
This is not a book that has to be read in sequence first page to last. Rather, it reminds me of the Talmud, a sea of subjects, insights, experiences, points of view, and historical periods that you sail on voyages of discovery. Each time you dip into it, in whatever chapter, it reveals something new and fascinating.
A cross section of the women involved tell their stories about their role in this amazing movement for justice.
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Like more dates and times of events but the feel is there especially the tense situations they became involved in