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Patricia Michelle Boyett

Patricia Michelle Boyett Right to Revolt : The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods (Paperback)

Patricia Michelle Boyett Right to Revolt : The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods (Paperback)

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A revelation of the valorous nonviolent efforts wielded to motivate change in a "moderate" part of the segregated South On January 10, 1966, Klansmen murdered civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer in Forrest County, Mississippi. Despite the FBI's growing conflict against the Klan, recent civil rights legislation, and progressive court rulings, the Imperial Wizard promised his men: "no jury in Mississippi would convict a white man for killing a nigger." Yet this murder inspired change. Since the onset of the civil rights movement, local authorities had mitigated federal intervention by using subtle but insidious methods to suppress activism in public arenas. They perpetuated a myth of Forrest County as a bastion of moderation in a state notorious for extremism. To sustain that fiction, officials emphasized that Dahmer's killers hailed from neighboring Jones County and pursued convictions vigorously. Although the Dahmer case became a watershed in the long struggle for racial justice, it also obscured Forrest County's brutal racial history.

Patricia Michelle Boyett debunks the myth of moderation by exploring the mob lynchings, police brutality, malicious prosecutions, and Klan terrorism that linked Forrest and Jones Counties since their founding. She traces how racial atrocities during World War II and the Cold War inspired local blacks to transform their counties into revolutionary battlefields of the movement. Their electrifying campaigns captured global attention, forced federal intervention, produced landmark trials, and chartered a significant post-civil rights crusade. By examining the interactions of black and white locals, state and federal actors, and visiting activists from settlement to contemporary times, Boyett presents a comprehensive portrait of one of the South's most tortured and transformative landscapes. Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods (Paperback)

Specifications

Language

English

Publisher

University Press of Mississippi

Book Format

Paperback

Original Languages

English

Number of Pages

338

Author

Patricia Michelle Boyett

Title

Right to Revolt

ISBN-13

9781496813190

Publication Date

February, 2017

Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)

9.00 x 6.00 x 0.75 Inches

ISBN-10

1496813197

SKU: WA55310289

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