RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 173218611 LA English T1 The senator and the sharecropper : the freedom struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer A1 Asch, Christopher Myers., PB New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton PP New York YR 2008 SN 9781595583321 1595583327 AB "Sunflower County, Mississippi, is a land of deep contradictions. It boasts some of the world's richest soil, yet has produced widespread poverty that lingers to this day. It stood at the epicenter of the civil rights movement, yet still suffers from racial inequality. It has been on the forefront of globalization, yet continues to stagnate economically." "The Senator and the Sharecropper explores these paradoxes, telling the story of two larger-than-life personalities who epitomized the county's extremes: the senator, James O. Eastland, a wealthy white cotton planter who was one of the most powerful segregationists in the U.S. Senate, and the sharecropper, Fannie Lou Hamer, who grew up desperately poor just a few miles from the Eastland plantation and rose to become the spiritual leader of the Mississippi freedom struggle."--Jacket.