A closer look at the lives of some of the people I researched in writing this book.

Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer

I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know much about civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer before I began my research for this book. I’m pretty sure my ignorance is symptomatic of how poorly most of us are taught American history. For too many of us, what we learned in school about the civil rights movement of the second half of the 20th century in America was woefully incomplete,

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