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From Sit-Ins to SNCCThe Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s$
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Iwan Morgan and Philip Davies

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813041513

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813041513.001.0001

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SNCC's Stories at the Barricades

SNCC's Stories at the Barricades

(p.97) 6 SNCC's Stories at the Barricades
From Sit-Ins to SNCC

Sharon Monteith

University Press of Florida

This chapter by Sharon Monteith examines how some SNCC organizers and student volunteers looked to convey their struggles in the dangerous circumstances of the rural Deep South to help impoverished African Americans achieve voting rights. It contends that the fiction writing of activists has not yet received the attention it deserves – neither as personal narratives that are revealing in terms of grassroots efforts to realize strategic goals in the face of massive resistance nor as imaginative and immediate responses to both the threat and the reality of racial violence. In focusing on James Forman's novel-length manuscript The Thin White Line and Michael Thelwell's short story “The Organizer,” it illuminates what two of these forgotten fictions signify about the freedom struggle and about SNCC as an organization.

Keywords:   SNCC, Violence, Activist Fiction, James Forman, “The Organizer”

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