The Seedtime, the Work, and the Harvest:
New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America

Edited by Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, Reginald K. Ellis, and Peter B. Levy

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“A vital work: one that links and contextualizes activism in the present with over one hundred years of organizing, resisting, and rebelling against racial injustice.”—Sara Rzeszutek Haviland, author of James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement  

This volume expands the chronology and geography of the black freedom struggle beyond the traditional emphasis on the old South and the years between 1954 and 1968. Beginning as far back as the nineteenth century, and analyzing case studies from southern, northern, and border states, these essays incorporate communities and topics not usually linked to the African American civil rights movement.
 
Contributors highlight little-known race riots in northern cities, the work of black women who defied local governments to provide medical care to their communities, and the national Food for Freedom campaign of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Moving to recent issues such as Ferguson, Sandra Bland, and Black Lives Matter, these chapters connect the activism of today to a deeply historical, wide-ranging fight for equality.  
 
Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University, is coauthor of Elusive Equality: Desegregation and Resegregation in Norfolk’s Public Schools. Reginald K. Ellis is assistant professor of history at Florida A&M University. Peter B. Levy, professor of history at York College, is the author of Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland.  
 
A volume in the series Southern Dissent, edited by Stanley Harrold and Randall M. Miller

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