Biography: Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer

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In this biography of prominent civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, the author discusses Hamer’s upbringing in an impoverished African American family in Mississippi and her subsequent leadership within the Civil Rights Movement. After growing up in an exploited sharecropping family, Hamer helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), an organization that eventually broke down the National Democratic Party’s restrictions on African Americans’ participation in the party’s 1968 convention.  Hamer suffered beatings and several jail sentences for her civil rights work, which included among many other causes voter registration of African American Mississippians.

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Document Description: two-page photocopy of typewritten document; located in PLT Archive folder "Hist. Society of Wisconson Papers"; 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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