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A voice that could stir an army : Fannie Lou Hamer and the rhetoric of the black freedom movement

Author: Maegan Parker Brooks
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2016.
Series: Race, rhetoric, and media
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A sharecropper, a warrior, and a truth-telling prophet, Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) stands as a powerful symbol not only of the 1960s black freedom movement, but also of the enduring human struggle against oppression. A Voice That Could Stir an Army is a rhetorical biography that tells the story of Hamer's life by focusing on how she employed symbols-- images, words, and even material objects such as the ballot,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Fannie Lou Hamer; Fannie Lou Hamer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maegan Parker Brooks
ISBN: 9781496807939 1496807936
OCLC Number: 1062296766
Description: 1 volume ; 23 cm
Contents: A Rhetorical Education, 1917-1962 --
Through the Shadows of Death, 1962-1964 --
"Is This America?," 1964 --
"The Country's Number One Freedom Fighting Woman," 1964-1968 --
"To Tell It Like It Is," 1968-1972 --
The Problems and the Progress.
Series Title: Race, rhetoric, and media
Responsibility: Maegan Parker Brooks.

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[A] brilliantly conceived book that runs against the grain of normative civil rights narratives that, in the author's view, de-emphasize the direct-action politics and the prophetic rhetoric of Read more...

 
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