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Ain't Scared of Your JailArrest, Imprisonment, and the Civil Rights Movement$
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Zoe A. Colley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042411

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042411.001.0001

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The Middle of the Iceberg

The Middle of the Iceberg

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Ain't Scared of Your Jail

Zoe A. Colley

University Press of Florida

As many civil rights historians have shown, the civil rights movement was founded on the hard work of an untold number of community activists. By focusing on black communities in three southern towns, this chapter demonstrates how mass arrest placed tremendous financial, moral, and physical pressure upon movement supporters at the local level. During and after 1963, activists faced increasingly serious criminal charges, which often worked to isolate leaders and drain much-needed financial resources. While organizations at the national level continued to stress the importance of refusing bail and non-cooperation with authorities, the reality at the local level was far more complex. This chapter also demonstrates the diversity of the civil rights jail experience, while also returning to the way in which gender was one of the most important factors in determining how prisoners were treated.

Keywords:   Albany, Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr., Gender, Community-based activism, Americus, Georgia, Jackson, Mississippi

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