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Battling the Plantation MentalityMemphis and the Black Freedom Struggle$
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Laurie B. Green

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831069

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888872_green

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We Were Making History: Students, Sharecroppers, and Sanitation Workers in the Memphis Freedom Movement

We Were Making History: Students, Sharecroppers, and Sanitation Workers in the Memphis Freedom Movement

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(p.216) 7 We Were Making History: Students, Sharecroppers, and Sanitation Workers in the Memphis Freedom Movement
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Battling the Plantation Mentality
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Laurie B. Green

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807888872_green.10

This chapter examines the rise of the freedom movement in Memphis involving black students, sharecroppers, and sanitation workers. It begins with an overview of politics in Memphis following the Supreme Court's 1955 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, followed by a discussion of the student sit-in movement and its emphasis on “Freedom Now!,” aimed at the immediate desegregation of all public facilities. The chapter then focuses on two movements that drove working-class blacks further into politics: the African Americans' renewed protest against police brutality and the sanitation workers' protests against the city's treatment of its all-black corps of garbage collectors. It also considers the role of popular music and radio and the burgeoning “youth market” in the intensification of activism that challenged segregated cultural institutions.

Keywords:   freedom movement, Memphis, black students, sharecroppers, sanitation workers, politics, sit-in movement, desegregation, African Americans, police brutality

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