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The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer

Chris Myers Asch


This study of race, politics, and economics in Mississippi tells the story of two extraordinary personalities—Fannie Lou Hamer and James O. Eastland—who represented deeply opposed sides of the civil rights movement. Both were from Sunflower County: Eastland was a wealthy white planter and one of the most powerful segregationists in the U.S. Senate, while Hamer, a sharecropper who grew up desperately poor just a few miles from the Eastland plantation, rose to become the spiritual leader of the Mississippi freedom struggle. The author uses Hamer's and Eastland's entwined histories, set against t ... More

Keywords: civil rights movement, economics, Sunflower County, Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer, white planter, James O. Eastland, segregationists, sharecropper, Eastland plantation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807872024
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807878057_asch


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Myers Asch, author