By K. Rogers
Winner of the 2007 Oral historical past organization e-book Award Finalist, 2008 nationwide Council on Public heritage publication Award Using oral histories with African American activists and neighborhood leaders, Kim Lacy Rogers explores the civil rights circulate in numerous Mississippi groups within the context of the region's background of white supremacy, racial oppression, and African American cultural energy. Terrorism, black poverty, and fiscal exploitation resulted in a of collective trauma and social affliction for hundreds of thousands of black Deltans within the 20th century. This paintings unearths the impression of that oppression, and of African American traditions of group carrier and management within the lives of ladies and males who turned activists. It additionally examines the disillusionment and anger that many Delta leaders consider concerning the alterations that happened in the course of the post-movement years.
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The real fear among Delta African Americans was of the “mob crew”: The violence was very clearly the mob crew, and it was identified as the mob crew. And the feeling that it evoked that I can remember from my earliest memories is fear. There was a tremendous amount of fear in the community and in almost every house of this faceless group of people who arrived at your house at night, on horses and in cars, when cars got available and plentiful, to drag you out and kill you for any little infraction of rules that you didn’t always know about.
The young man wanted her gun, and told her one day that her new husband had gone to Memphis, so it was safe for her to try to leave. Corrine Bankhead recalled that she left Conditions of Life and Death / 27 her freshly done wash, her Thanksgiving cooking, and the family’s slaughtered hog, and loaded her children onto the son-in-law’s truck, and he took them to the highway to Memphis. There, Bankhead and her children got a bus to Memphis, and then took another bus to her mother’s house in Rosedale in Bolivar County.
2), Juanita’s mother, quickly took charge of her household full of children. “From that time on, every move that was made was made by my mother. She was the backbone of the family. I remember my mother with eight children, pregnant with the ninth, had to make all the decisions made. She would gather us together like a chicken with her chicks, sit us down, and explain to us what our chores were. We all knew what we had to do, and we knew how to do it. ” Mrs. Scott organized her children’s time into specific farm and household chores, and the children were all expected to achieve in school as well.
Life and Death in the Delta: African American Narratives of Violence, Resilience, and Social Change (Palgrave Studies in Oral History) by K. Rogers