Life in Mississippi: An Interview with Fannie Lou Hamer

Journal Article
J.H. O'Dell (interviewer)
Fannie Lou Hamer (interviewee)
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2nd Quarter
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Fannie Lou Hamer discusses her role as timekeeper and sharecropper on a plantation and her family and childhood. She also discusses her Christian vision for systemic change in America, especially in light of her trip to West Africa. She talks about threatening letters she received at the Democratic National Convention, along with her run as an official candidate for Congress and the Freedom Democratic Party, and the Freedom Registration campaign. Hamer goes on to describe the aftermath of her beating in jail, along with other violent events including bodies found in rivers, night riding, and the White Citizen's Council.

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Document Description: seven-page photocopy of article; found in PLT Archive folder "Hamer materials";Notations: Attached to this document is a reprint of the article located in Black Women in American History: The Twentieth Century, Volume 3, New York 1990, Edited by Darlene Clark Hine.

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