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SNCC's Stories at the Barricades

Sharon Monteith

in From Sit-Ins to SNCC

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041513
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041513.003.0006
SNCC's Stories at the Barricades

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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”

Chapter.  8272 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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