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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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Sarah Rigg
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I learned a little bit about Fannie Lou Hamer when I read John Lewis's "March" books a couple years back and was intrigued by what I read and wanted to know more, especially since the women of the civil rights movement don't tend to get as much attention as the men do.

Hamer was the youngest of 20 children in a sharecropper family who had no more than a 6th grade education who went on to be a civil rights advocate and champion for the poor in Mississippi. She was beaten by police in retaliation f
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Samantha Hines
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely inspirational and shockingly relevant.
Abiola
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t family with Fannie Lou Hammer before reading this book but I’m so glad I did. This historic text covers the life and trails of a trail blazing southern activist. What I love most about this text is that it doesn’t overlook the loss or pain of this strong black women but goes to show that she is strong even in her pain.

This is a historic text so expect names and figures but the life of Mrs. Hamer is so exceptional that it’s worth it! An exceptional biography, would recommend!
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
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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.
Kevin
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A history of the life and work of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. There's nothing especially astounding about the biography—it's a fairly standard chronological retelling—though it does explore some of the pain and failure in Hamer's life. For all the work Hamer did, there were few successes. She ran for political office and lost every time, organizations she founded crumbled, and she ended her days battling sickness and depression. Sometimes it's too easy to gloss over the life of activ ...more
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
Co Ffee
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excited to read this
(a)lyss(a)
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

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