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Count Them One by OneBlack Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote$
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Gordon A., Jr. Martin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737899

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737899.001.0001

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The First Witness, Jesse Stegall

The First Witness, Jesse Stegall

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(p.63) Chapter 7 The First Witness, Jesse Stegall
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Count Them One by One
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Gordon A. Martin

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737899.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the government’s first witness, Jesse Stegall, an elementary school principal, married, a father, and someone with a lot to lose in publicly seeking to vote in hostile Forrest County. His testimony demonstrated Theron Lynd’s consistent pattern of refusing to permit black applicants to register to vote. It also showed that Stegall was an educated, thoughtful man whose only agenda was to exercise his constitutional right to vote, against all odds.

Keywords:   witness, Forrest County, right to vote, Theron Lynd, testimony

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