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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 o ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 27th 2010 by University Press of Mississippi
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Lisa Vegan
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Laurie
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laurie by: Constance
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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Susann
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
CLM
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Here is the Good Morning America interview from Dec. 28, 2010

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/video...
Rosemary
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those interested in civil rights, voting rights, black history
Count Them One by One:
Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote
University Press of Mississippi, 2010
By Gordon A. Martin, Jr.

Article by Rosemary Eng

Of the 16 black witnesses who testified on denial of voter registration in racially-hostile Mississippi in 1961, only David Roberson remains. The passing of those courageous witnesses -- one by one -- does not mean their fight for voters’ rights is forgotten. As shown by the attention garnered by Gordon A. Martin Jr.’s book, Count Them One B
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Susanna Sturgis
Other reviewers have eloquently described what this book does, and how well. I add my voice to theirs. Judge Martin sketches the history of Mississippi from Emancipation through Reconstruction to the long decades of oppression that followed. Being a lawyer, he pays particular attention to how the laws and the legal system were co-opted by judges, juries, and the white citizenry into blowing off the 14th and 15th amendments, which "guaranteed," respectively, equal protection under the law and the ...more
Russ
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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.
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It was a sold story about this litigation. The participants were well defined; however the story was too clinical. The drama of working on such a significant case is missing, and it fails to make this a great story. Actually the epilogue was the most interesting part of the book.
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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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