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Count Them One by One – Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote - University Press of Mississippi
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Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote

Gordon A., Jr. Martin


Forrest County, Mississippi, became a focal point of the civil rights movement when, in 1961, the United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit against its voting registrar Theron Lynd. While thirty percent of the county’s residents were black, only twelve black persons were on its voting rolls. United States v. Lynd was the first trial that resulted in the conviction of a southern registrar for contempt of court. The case served as a model for other challenges to voter discrimination in the South, and was an important influence in shaping the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This book is a compr ... More

Keywords: Forrest County, Mississippi, civil rights, Theron Lynd, southern registrar, contempt of court, voter discrimination, Voting Rights Act, Justice Department, trial attorneys

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737899
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon A., Jr. Martin, author