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The Speeches of Fannie Lou HamerTo Tell It Like It Is$
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Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738223

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738223.001.0001

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Interview with Fannie Lou Hamer by Dr. Neil McMillen, April 14, 1972, and January 25, 1973, Ruleville, Mississippi; Oral History Program, University of Southern Mississippi

Interview with Fannie Lou Hamer by Dr. Neil McMillen, April 14, 1972, and January 25, 1973, Ruleville, Mississippi; Oral History Program, University of Southern Mississippi

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(p.147) Interview with Fannie Lou Hamer by Dr. Neil McMillen, April 14, 1972, and January 25, 1973, Ruleville, Mississippi; Oral History Program, University of Southern Mississippi
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The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer
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Maegan Parker Brooks

Davis W. Houck

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738223.003.0020

In April 1972 and January 1973, Dr. Neil McMillen, professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, interviewed Fannie Lou Hamer at her home in Ruleville, Mississippi. This chapter reproduces the interview, which offers insights into Hamer’s local activism, the Freedom Farm Cooperative, as well as her continued campaign for school integration and voting rights. Hamer also talked about the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party’s 1964 challenge, the party’s subsequent relationship to the Loyal Democrats of Mississippi delegation, the 1972 Democratic National Convention, her trip to Africa, and her past and present relationships with local and national politicians as well as civil rights leaders.

Keywords:   interview, Neil McMillen, Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi, activism, Freedom Farm Cooperative, voting rights, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Democratic National Convention, civil rights

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