Biography: Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer

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In this biography of prominent civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, the author documents Hamer's upbringing in the segregated South and subsequent leadership wtihin the Civil Rights Movement.  Hamer grew up in a sharecropping African American family near Ruleville, Mississippi, and first became involved in voter registration when Hamer herself attempted unsuccessfully to register in 1962.  Experiencing this instance of racial injustice herself, Hamer then went on to co-found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and agitate publicly for civil rights for African Americans.  In 1964, Hamer ran for a position in Congress but was prohibited from appearing on the ballot.  After this election and during other instances in the 1960s, she protested this injustice with other civil rights activists.  Because of her civil rights work, Hamer faced gruesome beatings and even jail sentences.

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Document Description: three-page photocopy of typewritten document; located in PLT Archive folder "Hist. Society of Wisconsin Papers: Hamer"; The year noted in this doc entry is not mentioned in the document, the year or range of years for its publication was determined based on research of its content.

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