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  • The Senator and the Sharecropper: Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer by Chris Myers Asch

The Senator and the Sharecropper: Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer by Chris Myers Asch

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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 the 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 US 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. Their intertwined histories – set against a backdrop of Sunflower County’s rise and fall as a center of cotton agriculture – show how this isolated county weathered revolutionary change sin seemingly distant realms, from the global economy to the Cold War to national politics. © 353 pages
     Hardcover published in 2008