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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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This Lousy Hole

This Lousy Hole

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Ain't Scared of Your Jail

Zoe A. Colley

University Press of Florida

By 1964, supporters of nonviolent activism had largely abandoned their belief that filling jails could bring long-term, meaningful change to black communities. The movement's focus upon voter registration was a major factor behind that development. While arrest and imprisonment remained an ever-present danger for civil rights activists, it became something to endure, rather than an integral part of their protests. As well as exploring this changing approach to the incarceration of movement supporters, chapter 5 also looks at the jail experiences of the white student volunteers who came to Mississippi as part of the Freedom Summer project. Using a combination of autobiographies, oral history interviews, and jail letters, the author shows how the volunteers’ encounters with police, judges, and jailers often radicalized the volunteers, while also exposing the depth of racism within the criminal justice system.

Keywords:   Freedom Summer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Congress of Racial Equality, Mississippi

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