Lying just south of Neshoba County, where three civil rights workers were murdered during Freedom Summer, Clarke County lay squarely in Mississippi s and America s meanest corner Even at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, when the clarion call for equality and justice echoed around the country, few volunteers ventured there Fewer still remained Local African Americans knew why the movement had taken so long to reach them Some spoke of a bottomless pit in the snaking Chickasawhay River in the town of Shubuta, into which white aggressors dumped bodies Others pointed to an old steel framed bridge across that same muddy creek.Spanning three generations, Hanging Bridge reconstructs two wartime lynchings the 1918 killing of two young men and two pregnant women, and the 1942 slaying of two adolescent boys that propped up Mississippi s white supremacist regime and hastened its demise These organized murders reverberated well into the 1960s, when local civil rights activists again faced off against racial terrorism and refined forms of repression.Connecting the lynchings at Hanging Bridge to each other and then to Civil Rights era struggles over segregation, voting, poverty, Black Power, and Vietnam, Jason Morgan Ward s haunting book traces the legacy of violence that reflects the American experience of race, from the depths of Jim Crow to the emergence of a national campaign for racial equality In the process, it creates a narrative that links living memory and meticulous research, illuminating one of the darkest places in American history and revealing the resiliency of the human spirit....
|Title||:||Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press 1 edition May 2, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||344 pages|
|File Size||:||868 KB|
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Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century Reviews
So well written! Fascinating "story" that will have you thinking about race and history in new ways. You'll also be re-doing the math on how long ago the Civil War, slavery emancipation, the end of Jim Crow and the Voting Rights Act really were. If you're like me, you'll realize that it all was only yesterday. A powerful read that no one should miss, and a fascinating read.
A very thorough look at a sad episode in Clarke County MS history. This look into the minds, hearts and methods of some evil and trecherous human beings should be a wakeup call to all who believe in justice and human dignity. Evil thought and deed still lives in Clarke County and in so many other counties, states and nations. Good people can never rest or slow their fight to eliminate this hatred from the world. Mr. Ward's book is a call to action for those who believe that vision of our Constitution means more than printed words.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book with the caveat that it deals with a deeply troubled time in American history. The author uses descriptive passages quotes to drive a story of violence, hatred and struggle. I highly recommend this book!
It's about my home town county so I am prejudice. Brought back memories. I am related to the two young ladies who lost their lives in 1918.
This book is appalling. Appalling because it clearly demonstrates the oppression and lawlessness that African Americans had to face in Jim Crow Mississippi. Admission: JM Ward was on my PhD committee, but that does nothing to affect my admiration for this book. This is a gut wrenching book about white supremacy and the violence and subterfuge to maintain it, black perseverance and heroism, and the continuing problem of racism. You want to know what life in the Jim Crow era was like, then read this book!
A masterpiece about some long overlooked instances of racial terror in a small Mississippi county.