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Thunder of FreedomBlack Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi$
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Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner and Cheryl Reitan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140933

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140933.001.0001

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What We Walked Into: Early Voter Registration Efforts, Winter 1962– September 1964

What We Walked Into: Early Voter Registration Efforts, Winter 1962– September 1964

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(p.23) 2 What We Walked Into: Early Voter Registration Efforts, Winter 1962– September 1964
Source:
Thunder of Freedom
Author(s):

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813140933.003.0002

This chapter describes the small settlement around the train stop Mileston and the Delta region of Mississippi. It tells details of the story of 14 local, primarily farmers and how they tried to register to vote in April 1963 and the intimidation by the white community as a result. Their names were printed in the newspaper so white business people could retaliate and Hartman Turnbow's home was firebombed by night riders. Turnbow was arrested on trumped up charges following the episode. It describes the backgrounds of five SNCC organizers, John Ball, Hollis Watkins, Lawrence Guyot, Sam Block and Bob Moses. Two interviews are presented: farmers and leaders Ralthus Hayes and John Daniel Wesley.

Keywords:   Mileston, Delta, Voter registration attempt, 1963, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

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