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  • Why the Vote Wasn’t Enough for Selma

    Pages: 376
    Illustrations: 30 illustrations
    Sales/Territorial Rights: World
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  • Illustrations  vii
    Abbreviations   ix
    Acknowledgments  xi
    Introduction  1
    Interlude. The Constitution of 1901  6
    1. The World That Cotton Made: 1901–1916  11
    Interlude. World War I and Making the World Safe for Democracy  34
    2. "Our Country First, Then Selma": 1917–1929  39
    Interlude. The Great Depression  61
    3. Plowing Under: 1932–1940  67
    Interlude. Craig Air Force Base  91
    4. Becoming White-Faced Cows: 1941–1952  95
    Interlude. "I Like Ike"  120
    5. Segregation's Last Stand: 1953–1964  124
    Interlude. 1965  150
    6. Making the "Good Freedom" 1965–1976  157
    Interlude. Closing Craig Air Force Base  187
    7. "Last One Out of Selma, Turn Off the Lights": 1977–1988  192
    Interlude. Superintendent Norman Roussell and School Leveling  216
    8. Two Selmas: 1989–2000  222
    Interlude. Joe Gotta Go  244
    Epilogue  248
    Notes  255
    Bibliography  317
  • “Karlyn Forner’s valuable and informative Why the Vote Wasn’t Enough for Selma provides with great depth much-needed context for a struggle that is too often reduced to a 1965 protest march, and raises with great relevance for today the often-avoided issue of the undone work necessary to secure meaningful change. This is much more than a book about Alabama's civil rights struggle. Read it and learn.” — Charles E. Cobb Jr., author of, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

    "Although scholars have explored questions of voting rights and economic justice for black residents of Selma, Karlyn Forner's study provides new details and fresh insights into the evolution, impact, and legacy of the fight for voting rights. Sure to appeal to a wide audience, Why the Vote Wasn’t Enough for Selma is truly exceptional in terms of its breadth, depth, vision, and scope." — Hasan Kwame Jeffries, author of, Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt

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  • Description

    In Why the Vote Wasn't Enough for Selma Karlyn Forner rewrites the heralded story of Selma to explain why gaining the right to vote did not bring about economic justice for African Americans in the Alabama Black Belt. Drawing on a rich array of sources, Forner illustrates how voting rights failed to offset decades of systematic disfranchisement and unequal investment in African American communities. Forner contextualizes Selma as a place, not a moment within the civil rights movement —a place where black citizens' fight for full citizenship unfolded alongside an agricultural shift from cotton farming to cattle raising, the implementation of federal divestment policies, and economic globalization. At the end of the twentieth century, Selma's celebrated political legacy looked worlds apart from the dismal economic realities of the region. Forner demonstrates that voting rights are only part of the story in the black freedom struggle and that economic justice is central to achieving full citizenship.

    About The Author(s)

    Karlyn Forner is Project Manager of the SNCC Digital Gateway at Duke University Libraries.
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