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For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

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The powerful story of Fannie Lou Hamer, who grew up among "the poorest of the poor" in rural Mississippi and became a national figure in the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 25th 2000 by University of Illinois Press (first published July 12th 1999)
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Samantha Hines
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely inspirational and shockingly relevant.
Jessica
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Hamer's life is fascinating and the book does a good job tracing the beginning of her activism and the changes she was able to bring about. A great figure to know about, especially in regards to civil rights.
Bridget
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: college-reading
A decently written history of a really interesting figure often left out of history books.
Tia
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
An attempt to cover the public and personal sphere's of an incredible individual. A bit uneven, but very good.
Cherisse
Moving and powerful.
Pablo Uribe
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Compelling account of a powerful and inspiring life. Favorite chapters were in the lead up to MDFP (Mississipi Democratic Freedom Party) challenge at 1964 DNC (ch 5) and about Freedom Farm co-op work following deterioration of her relationship with SNCC (ch 8) the whole thing is brilliant though
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Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Fannie Lou noticed 'the people that wasn't working, which was the white folks, they had food and they had clothes and everything'."

This book is a wonderfully in depth look at the life of Ms. Hamer.

I learned about this book through 'This Little Light Of Mine' by Kay Mills - it was described as a book about Hamer from the perspective of a woman of color so I wanted to learn more.

This book dives in more about the details of Hamer's life and provides specific anecdotes, quotes, and examples. There
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Chana Kai Lee holds a joint appointment in history and African American Studies at the University of Georgia. She is a proud graduate of California public schools. She earned a Ph.D. in history and an M.A. in African American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds a B.A. in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Lee is the au ...more