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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965
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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Abstract

Historians have long agreed that women—black and white—were instrumental in shaping the civil rights movement. Until recently, though, such claims have not been supported by easily accessed texts of speeches and addresses. This book presents thirty-nine full-text addresses by women who spoke out while the struggle was at its most intense. Beginning with the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education and extending through the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the book chronicles the unique and important rhetorical contributions made by such well-known activists as Ella Baker, Fannie ... More

Keywords: civil rights movement, speeches, Brown v. Board of Education, Voting Rights Act, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Daisy Bates, Rosa Parks, Lorraine Hansberry, Dorothy Height

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Davis W. Houck, editor

David E. Dixon, editor

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Mary McLeod Bethune

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Sarah Patton Boyle

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Mamie Till Bradley

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Daisy S. Lampkin

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Rosa Parks

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Agnes E. Meyer

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Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin

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Frances H. Williams

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Edith S. Sampson

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Johnnie Carr

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Lorraine Hansberry

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Dorothy Tilly

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Della D. Sullins

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Barbara Posey

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Priscilla Stephens

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Casey Hayden

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Modjeska M. Simkins

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Charlotta Bass

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Diane Nash

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Lillian Smith

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Katie Louchheim

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Anne Braden

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Marion King

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Margaret C. McCulloch

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Jane Schutt

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Dorothy Height

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Marie Foster

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Pauli Murray

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Myrlie Evers

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Ella Baker

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Victoria Gray

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Elizabeth Allen

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Rita L. Schwerner

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Ruth Steiner

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Fannie Lou Hamer

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Annie Devine

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Dorothy Cotton

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Martha Ragland

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Constance Baker Motley

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