Hands on the Freedom Plow
Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC

Holsaert, Faith S., et al.
Publisher:  University of Illinois Press
Year Published:  2012   First Published:  2010
Pages:  656pp   ISBN:  978-0252078880
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX18185

A collection of personal stories of women working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on the front lines of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.


Table of Contents


Part 1
Fighting for My Rights: One SNCC Woman's Experience, 1961–1964
From Little Memphis Girl to Mississippi Amazon, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons aka Gwendolyn Robinson

Part 2
Entering Troubled Waters: Sit-ins, the Founding of SNCC, and the Freedom Rides, 1960–1963
What We Were Talking about Was Our Future, Angeline Butler
An Official Observer, Constance Curry
Onto Open Ground, Casey Hayden
Two Variations on Nonviolence, Mildred Forman Page
A Young Communist Joins SNCC, Debbie Amis Bell
Watching, Waiting, and Resisting, Hellen O’Neal-McCray
Diary of a Freedom Rider, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
They Are the Ones Who Got Scared, Diane Nash

Part 3
Movement Leaning Posts: The Heart and Soul of the Southwest Georgia Movement, 1961–1963
Ripe for the Picking, Janie Culbreth Rambeau
Finding Form for the Expression of My Discontent, Annette Jones White
Uncovered and Without Shelter, I Joined This Movement for Freedom, Bernice Johnson Reagon
We Turned This Upside-Down Country Right Side Up, Joann Christian Mants
Everybody Called Me "Teach", McCree L. Harris
I Love to Sing, Rutha Mae Harris
Since I Laid My Burden Down, Bernice Johnson Reagon
We Just Kept Going, Carolyn Daniels

Part 4
Standing Tall: The Southwest Georgia Movement, 1962–1963
It Was Simply in My Blood, Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
Freedom-Faith, Prathia Hall
Resistance U, Faith S. Holsaert
Caught in the Middle, Cathy Cade

Part 5
Get on Board: The Mississippi Movement through the Atlantic City Challenge, 1961–1964
Standing Up for Our Beliefs, Joyce Ladner
Inside and Outside of Two Worlds, Jeannette King
They Didn't Know the Power of Women, Victoria Gray Adams
Do Whatever You Are Big Enough to Do, Jean Smith Young
Depending on Ourselves, Muriel Tillinghast
A Grand Romantic Notion, Denise Nicholas
If We Must Die, Janet Jemmott Moses

Part 6
Cambridge, Maryland: The Movement under Attack, 1961–1964
The Energy of the People Passing through Me, Gloria Richardson Dandridge

Part 7
A Sense of Family: The National SNCC Office, 1960–1964
Peek around the Mountain, Joanne Grant
My Real Vocation, Dorothy M. Zellner
A SNCC Blue Book, Jane Bond Moore
Getting Out the News, Mary E. King
It's Okay to Fight the Status Quo, E. Jeanne Breaker Johnson
SNCC: My Enduring "Circle of Trust", Judy Richardson
Working in the Eye of the Social Movement Storm, Betty Garman Robinson
In the Attics of My Mind, Casey Hayden
Building a New World, Barbara Jones Omolade

Part 8
Fighting Another Day: The Mississippi Movement after Atlantic City, 1964–1966
A Simple Question, Margaret Herring
The Mississippi Cotton Vote, Penny Patch
The Freedom Struggle Was the Flame, Elaine DeLott Baker
An Interracial Alliance of the Poor: An Elusive Populist Fantasy?, Emmie Schrader Adams
We Weren't the Bad Guys, Barbara Brandt
Sometimes in the Ground Troops, Sometimes in the Leadership, Doris A. Derby

Part 9
The Constant Struggle: The Alabama Movement, 1963–1966
There Are No Cowards in My Family, Annie Pearl Avery
Singing for Freedom, Bettie Mae Fikes
Bloody Selma, Prathia Hall
Playtime Is Over, Fay Bellamy Powell
Captured by the Movement, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan
We’ll Never Turn Back, Gloria House
Letter to My Adolescent Son, Jean Wiley

Part 10
Black Power: Issues of Continuity, Change, and Personal Identity, 1964–1969
Neither Black nor White in a Black-White World, Elizabeth (Betita) Sutherland Martinez
I Knew I Wasn't White, but in America What Was I?, Marilyn Lowen
Time to Get Ready, Maria Varela
Born Freedom Fighter, Gwen Patton

Postscript: We Who Believe in Freedom


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