Freedom Walk : Mississippi or Bust

Freedom Walk : Mississippi or Bust

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 254 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781578065059
  • DDC分類 305.800975

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In 1963, the streams of religious revival, racial strife, and cold-war politics were feeding the swelling river of social unrest in America. Marshaling massive forces, civil rights leaders were primed for a widescale attack on injustice in the South. By summer the conflict rose to great intensity as blacks and whites clashed in Birmingham. Outside the massive drive, Bill Moore, a white mail carrier, had made his own assault a few months earlier. Jeered and assailed as he made a solitary civil rights march along the Deep South highways, he was ridiculed by racists as a ""crazy man."" His well publicized purpose: to walk from Chattanooga to Jackson and hand-deliver a plea for racial tolerance to Ross Barnett, the staunchly segregationist governor of Mississippi. On April 23, on a highway near Attalla, Alabama, this lone crusader was shot dead. Although he was not a nobly ideal figure handpicked by shapers of the movement, inadvertently he became one of its earliest martyrs and, until now, part of an overlooked chapter in the history of the civil rights movement. Floyd Simpson, a grocer and a member of the Gadsden, Alabama chapter of the Ku Klux Koan, was charged with Moore's murder. A week later, a white college student named Sam Shirah led five black and five white volunteers into Alabama to finish Moore's walk. They were beaten and jailed. Four other attempts to complete the postman's quest were similarly stymied. Moore had kept a journal that detailed his goal. Using it, along with interviews and extensive newspaper and newsreel reports, Mary Stanton has documented this phenomenal freedom walk as seen through the eyes of Moore, Shirah, and the gunman, the three protagonists. Though all shared a deep love of the South, their strong feelings about who was entitled to walk its highways were in deadly conflict.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    xi
Introduction: Shadow History xiii
Part I The Postman's Walk
Walker 3 (7)
Student 10 (10)
Outsider 20 (6)
Patient 26 (7)
Activist 33 (9)
Crusader 42 (14)
Native 56 (5)
Agitator 61 (4)
Mixer 65 (8)
Victim 73 (3)
The Suspect 76 (6)
White Americans React 82 (9)
Black Americans React 91 (2)
The Civil Rights Establishment Reacts 93 (6)
Part II The Freedom Walk
Passing the Torch 99 (5)
Day One 104 (8)
Day Two 112 (7)
Day Three 119 (9)
Alabama Reacts 128 (7)
Freedom Now! 135 (5)
Without Remorse 140 (5)
Danville 145 (4)
Cognitive Dissonance 149 (7)
Another Direction 156 (11)
White Shadow of SNCC 167 (4)
Freedom Summer 171 (12)
Moving On 183 (12)
A March against Fear 195 (6)
Epilogue: Highway II Revisited 201 (8)
Appendix 1 The Walks and the Walkers 209 (2)
Appendix 2 Timeline 211 (12)
Notes 223 (12)
Bibliography 235 (8)
Index 243