392 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 halftones, 6 tables, 2 maps
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1900-2
Published: August 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6985-7
Published: May 2012
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Awards & distinctions
2012 Berkshire Conference Best First Book Prize
2013 Lillian Smith Book Award
Following the black freedom struggle in Clarksdale from World War II through the first decade of the twenty-first century allows Hamlin to tell multiple, interwoven stories about the town's people, their choices, and the extent of political change. She shows how members of civil rights organizations--especially local leaders Vera Pigee and Aaron Henry--worked to challenge Jim Crow through fights against inequality, police brutality, segregation, and, later, economic injustice. With Clarksdale still at a crossroads today, Hamlin explores how to evaluate success when poverty and inequality persist.
About the Author
Françoise N. Hamlin is the Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Brown University.
For more information about Françoise N. Hamlin, visit the Author Page.
"Exhaustively researched, this book richly details the black struggle for freedom in the Mississippi Delta. . . . Recommended. All academic levels/libraries."--Choice
"A beautifully written book, strong in its ability to capture the different organizing strategies pursued in one community. . . . A major contribution to civil rights historiography."--Journal of American History
“Adds much to the story of civil rights in Clarksdale and beyond . . . [and] provides an incredibly rich account of race, class, gender, generational, and organizational tensions within the civil rights movement.”--Journal of Southern History
“[A] must read text for courses on US history, but also may interest general audiences.”--History: Reviews of New Books
“Crossroads at Clarksdale offers an important understanding of the strengths and limitations of the black freedom movement.”--American Historical Review
“[This book] is a much-needed additive to the already-extant literature on the Mississippi civil rights movement, not only for its artful prose, but also because it sets a high standard for future researchers, pushing scholars to expand their source base and periodization. Hamlin’s book should be widely read.”--The Historian