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Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle

Laurie B. Green


African American freedom is often defined in terms of emancipation and civil rights legislation, but it did not arrive with the stroke of a pen or the rap of a gavel. This book argues that no single event makes this more plain than the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike, which culminated in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Exploring the notion of “freedom” in postwar Memphis, it demonstrates that the civil rights movement was battling an ongoing “plantation mentality” based on race, gender, and power, which permeated southern culture long before—and even after—the groundbreakin ... More

Keywords: emancipation, civil rights movement, Luther King Jr., black freedom, race, gender, southern culture, Memphis, strike, migrants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831069
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807888872_green


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie B. Green, author