Although the events of Selma and Birmingham are burned into the nation's consciousness, little has been written about the civil rights events in the surrounding counties, the vast sections of the rural south. Cynthia Griggs Fleming addresses this gap by bringing to light the struggle for equality of the citizens of Wilcox County, Alabama. Although right next door to Selma, their story has been largely ignored. Through the eyes of the residents of the county, Fleming relates a struggle punctuated by cowardice and courage, audacity and timidity, fear and foolishness. And, in the end, the entrenched power structure refused to yield and the county remains segregated to this day.
Cynthia Griggs Fleming is associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has written extensively on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and is the author of Soon We Will Not Cry: The Liberation of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson.
Preface: The Forgotten Rural Black Poor Introduction: You'll Git Dar after While Chapter 1: Disfranchisement, Despair, and Disillusionment Chapter 2: Onward Christian Soldiers: The Coming of the Missionaries during the Early Years, 1883-1930 Chapter 3: New Negroes in the Cotton Field: The Great Depression and Gee's Bend Chapter 4: Making the World Safe for Democracy? What About Wilcox County? Chapter 5: Vote Chapter 6: Ain't Gonna Study War No More: The Struggle to Desegregate Wilcox County's Schools Chapter 7: After the Movement Chapter 8: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same