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River of Hope: Black Politics and the Memphis Freedom Movement, 18651954

Elizabeth Gritter

Abstract

Because the vast majority of black southerners were disenfranchised, most historians have overlooked those who engaged in formal political activities from the late nineteenth century through the 1950s. Yet, a small but significant number of black southerners used politics to battle segregation, disfranchisement, violence, and economic exploitation. This book explores how and why black southerners engaged in formal political efforts in the Jim Crow era and argues that their actions constituted a major prong of the long black freedom struggle. They secured improved public services and challen ... More

Keywords: Robert R. Church, Jr., Edward H. Crump, black Republicans, Memphis, Tennessee, civil rights, black freedom struggle, black politics, Republican Party, Jim Crow era

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813144504
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813144504.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Gritter, author