June to Fannie Lou Hamer

1964 - 1968
June (author)
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In this letter to prominent civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, author Irene discusses her diagnosis with breast cancer and expresses deep sadness for the treatment of African-Americans in the United States.  Irene explained that, despite her dire health problems, her love for individuals like Hamer gave her the strength to go on.  Irene urged Hamer to write a book, a project for which she would provide much needed support.  Irene also criticized the United States for its systematic disenfranchisement of African-Americans and its human rights crimes in Vietnam.

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Document Description: one-page photocopy of handwritten letter; 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 the years in which Fannie Lou Hamer was most active in civil rights work.

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