List of Maps and Illustrations List of Abbreviations Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Conditions Unfavorable to the Rise of the Negro: The Pursuit of Freedom Rights before the Civil Rights Era 2 I Didn't Come Here to Knock: The Making of a Grassroots Social Movement 3 We Ain't Going to Shed a Tear for Jon: School Desegregation, White Resistance, and the African American Response 4 I'm Going to Try to Take Some of the Freedom Here Back Home: The Federal Government and the Fight for Freedom Rights 5 We Gonna Show Alabama Just How Bad We Are: The Birth of the Original Black Panther Party and the Development of Freedom Politics 6 Tax the Rich to Feed the Poor: Black Power and the Election of 1966 7 Now Is the Time for Work to Begin: Black Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era Epilogue: That Black Dirt Gets in Your Soul: The Fight for Freedom Rights in the Days Ahead Notes Bibliography Index About the Author
The remarkable story of the Lowndes County freedom struggle and its contribution to the larger civil rights movement
Hasan Kwame Jeffries is Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University, where he holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
"Jeffries has written the book historians of the black freedom movement have been waiting for. His beautifully written account rescues Lowndes County from its role as merely a backdrop to 'Black Power' to being one of the key battlegrounds for democracy in the United States. Here are local people whose local struggles have contributed mightily to the kind of politics we desperately need in the Obama age, the politics of 'freedom democracy,' a politics born in Reconstruction, rooted in social justice and human rights, and honed in the Alabama cotton belt." Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination "Jeffries's Bloody Lowndes is an important contribution to the literature of the African American freedom struggle. Jeffries reveals the deep historical roots of black struggles against racial and economic oppression in the Black Belt. He makes clear that the civil rights reforms of the s were insufficient responses to the 'freedom politics' that spawned the Lowndes County Freedom Organization - the first Black Panther Party." Clayborne Carson, author of In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s "Excellent scholarship, important history, and an invaluable contribution to understanding current and future 'conversations' on race and politics in a dynamically changing political environment." Charles V. Hamilton, co-author of Black Power: The Politics of Liberation