Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote
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Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote

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Forrest County, Mississippi, became a focal point of the civil rights movement when, in 1961, the United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit against its voting registrar Theron Lynd. While thirty percent of the county's residents were black, only twelve black persons were on its voting rolls. "United States v. Lynd" was the first trial that resulted in the conviction...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 27th 2010 by University Press of Mississippi
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Lisa Vegan
Feb 11, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all readers interested in American history, the judicial system, civil & voting rights
Recommended to Lisa by: CLM
I was in history heaven while reading this book. This is a very well written and engagingly told true story. It focuses on a specific case: the United States v. Theron Lynd, the early 60s, Mississippi, but it tells so much about that time and place and the experiences of African-American vs. white citizens and their attempts to register as voters.

The author inserts just enough of himself to give the account a personal flavor and not one iota more. He was a young attorney involved in the case. H...more
Jan 30, 2011 Laurie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laurie by: Constance
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Count Them One by One tells a story that is familiar--the unfair treatment of black Americans in Mississippi, and their courageous resistance--but revealed much that was new to me through the carefully documented intimate details of the fiercely brave witnesses and the legal team who argued the case United States v. Theron Lynd.

I recalled the line from Harrison Salisbury, "There is, in the end, no substitute for the right man in the right place at the right moment," (which I had read in the book...more
Here is the Good Morning America interview from Dec. 28, 2010
Jul 16, 2011 Rosemary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in civil rights, voting rights, black history
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That is the point of Martin’s book, to give a voice, a setting, to the witnesses in the United States v. Lynd case, to augment what is known in Mississippi’s civil rights history and to give the descendents of all these witnesses an idea of the bravery of the people who they only know as their grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Yale Law Library hosted an exhibit on Count Them One By One to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of U.S. Voting R...more
An extraordinary and detailed account of the suppression of African Americans right to vote and the lengths that were necessary to stir the winds of change.
This thoughtful chronicle of United States v. Theron Lynd introduced me to some lesser-known heroes of the Civil Rights movement. As I got to know the brave teachers, factory workers, and clergymen who risked so much to gain - the most fundamental democratic right - the right to vote, I realized that Judge Martin was also introducing me to Forrest County, Mississippi. There's a real sense of place here, as well as an appreciation for how the area has changed.
Highly recommended.
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Judge Gordon A. Martin, a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law, is a noted expert on civil rights and juvenile justice, having worked for Robert Kennedy's Justice Department prior to practicing law in Boston and becoming a judge. He is now an adjunct member of the faculty at New England School of Law.
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