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Grassroots Organizing in Mississippi That Changed National Politics

Grassroots Organizing in Mississippi That Changed National Politics

Chapter:
(p.3) Grassroots Organizing in Mississippi That Changed National Politics
Source:
The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi
Author(s):
Wesley Hogan
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039331.003.0001

This chapter explores the meaning of organizing and how grassroots organizing in Mississippi changed politics at the national level. It stresses the need for a greater focus on the history of organizing as a concept and argues that organizing is not only about large-scale efforts to raise money and attract voters common in electoral politics. It looks at the efforts of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as well as the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and cites particular forms of organizing ranging from self-defense and Freedom Schools to the accessibility of federal programs. The chapter also considers the Mississippi civil rights movement as a historical model that can be used to better understand other struggles for grassroots power.

Keywords:   grassroots organizing, Mississippi, politics, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, self-defense, Freedom Schools, civil rights movement, federal programs

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