The Innocence of Joan Little

Joan Little is an African-American woman whose trial for the 1974 murder of a white prison guard at Beaufort County Jail in Washington, North Carolina, became a cause célèbre of the civil rights, feminist, and anti-death penalty movements ...

Author: James Reston

Publisher: Crown


Category: African American women

Page: 340

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Joan Little is an African-American woman whose trial for the 1974 murder of a white prison guard at Beaufort County Jail in Washington, North Carolina, became a cause célèbre of the civil rights, feminist, and anti-death penalty movements.

U S Women s History

20 James Reston Jr., The Innocence of Joan Little: A Southern Mystery (New York: Quadrangle/Times Books, 1977), 13, 16, 18–19; Harwell, True Deliverance, 98–100. Reston was living and teaching in North Carolina and covered the murder ...

Author: Leslie Brown

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813575869

Category: History

Page: 224

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In the 1970s, feminist slogans proclaimed “Sisterhood is powerful,” and women’s historians searched through the historical archives to recover stories of solidarity and sisterhood. However, as feminist scholars have started taking a more intersectional approach—acknowledging that no woman is simply defined by her gender and that affiliations like race, class, and sexual identity are often equally powerful—women’s historians have begun to offer more varied and nuanced narratives. The ten original essays in U.S. Women's History represent a cross-section of current research in the field. Including work from both emerging and established scholars, this collection employs innovative approaches to study both the causes that have united American women and the conflicts that have divided them. Some essays uncover little-known aspects of women’s history, while others offer a fresh take on familiar events and figures, from Rosa Parks to Take Back the Night marches. Spanning the antebellum era to the present day, these essays vividly convey the long histories and ongoing relevance of topics ranging from women’s immigration to incarceration, from acts of cross-dressing to the activism of feminist mothers. This volume thus not only untangles the threads of the sisterhood mythos, it weaves them into a multi-textured and multi-hued tapestry that reflects the breadth and diversity of U.S. women’s history.

Sisters in the Struggle

Within a few years, North Carolina's “Outlaw” statute would be struck down.3 For thousands of supporters and sympathizers, however, Joan Little's acquittal substantially represented the effective mobilization of progressive social ...

Author: Bettye Collier-Thomas

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081477234X

Category: Social Science

Page: 363

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Women were at the forefront of the civil rights struggle, but their indvidiual stories were rarely heard. Only recently have historians begun to recognize the central role women played in the battle for racial equality. In Sisters in the Struggle, we hear about the unsung heroes of the civil rights movements such as Ella Baker, who helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Fannie Lou Hamer, a sharecropper who took on segregation in the Democratic party (and won), and Septima Clark, who created a network of "Citizenship Schools" to teach poor Black men and women to read and write and help them to register to vote. We learn of Black women's activism in the Black Panther Party where they fought the police, as well as the entrenched male leadership, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where the behind-the-scenes work of women kept the organization afloat when it was under siege. It also includes first-person testimonials from the women who made headlines with their courageous resistance to segregation—Rosa Parks, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Dorothy Height. This collection represents the coming of age of African-American women's history and presents new stories that point the way to future study. Contributors: Bettye Collier-Thomas, Vicki Crawford, Cynthia Griggs Fleming, V. P. Franklin, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Duchess Harris, Sharon Harley, Dorothy I. Height, Chana Kai Lee, Tracye Matthews, Genna Rae McNeil, Rosa Parks, Barbara Ransby, Jacqueline A. Rouse, Elaine Moore Smith, and Linda Faye Williams.

Freedom Rights

Reston, Innocence of Joan Little, 7. 46. Erskine Caldwell, Tobacco Road (New York: First Edition Library, 1932). 47. For more on the “progressive mystique,” see William H. Chafe, Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina ...

Author: Danielle L. McGuire

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813140242

Category: History

Page: 402

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In his seminal article "Freedom Then, Freedom Now," renowned civil rights historian Steven F. Lawson described his vision for the future study of the civil rights movement. Lawson called for a deeper examination of the social, economic, and political factors that influenced the movement's development and growth. He urged his fellow scholars to connect the "local with the national, the political with the social," and to investigate the ideological origins of the civil rights movement, its internal dynamics, the role of women, and the significance of gender and sexuality. In Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement, editors Danielle L. McGuire and John Dittmer follow Lawson's example, bringing together the best new scholarship on the modern civil rights movement. The work expands our understanding of the movement by engaging issues of local and national politics, gender and race relations, family, community, and sexuality. The volume addresses cultural, legal, and social developments and also investigates the roots of the movement. Each essay highlights important moments in the history of the struggle, from the impact of the Young Women's Christian Association on integration to the use of the arts as a form of activism. Freedom Rights not only answers Lawson's call for a more dynamic, interactive history of the civil rights movement, but it also helps redefine the field.

A Death in the Delta

James Reston , Jr. , The Innocence of Joan Little : A Southern Mystery ( New York : Times Books , 1977 ) , xii ; Harwell , A True Deliverance , 278 . 41. Paul , quoted in Reston , The Innocence of Joan Little , 321 . 42.

Author: Stephen J. Whitfield

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801843266

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 193

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Looks at racial attitudes in the 1950s, and discuss the impact of Till's murder on the federal government and the Civil Rights movement

Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism

See Thomas Ross, “The Rhetorical Tapestry of Race: White Innocence and Black Abstraction,” William & Mary Law Review ... See James Reston's discussion of the Free Joan Little Movement in The Innocence of Joan Little (New York: New York ...

Author: GerShun Avilez

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252098323

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism explores the long-overlooked links between black nationalist activism and the renaissance of artistic experimentation emerging from recent African American literature, visual art, and film. GerShun Avilez charts a new genealogy of contemporary African American artistic production that illuminates how questions of gender and sexuality guided artistic experimentation in the Black Arts Movement from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. As Avilez shows, the artistic production of the Black Arts era provides a set of critical methodologies and paradigms rooted in the disidentification with black nationalist discourses. Avilez's close readings study how this emerging subjectivity, termed aesthetic radicalism , critiqued nationalist rhetoric in the past. It also continues to offer novel means for expressing black intimacy and embodiment via experimental works of art and innovative artistic methods. A bold addition to an advancing field, Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism rewrites recent black cultural production even as it uncovers unexpected ways of locating black radicalism.

Triangle True Crime Stories

“The Joan Little Case.” The New York Times Magazine, April 6, 1975. ———. The Innocence of Joan Little: A Southern Mystery ...

Author: Cathy Pickens

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1467147451

Category: History

Page: 160

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North Carolina's Triangle region is known for universities, research facilities and politics, but even in such a prosperous, diverse, modern environment, crime helps define the edges. These cases cover several decades of murder, fraud and betrayal. Read about the nation's largest prison escape and a couple of North Carolina's poisoners. From a civil rights-era clash of Old South and New and a suspected Cold War spy to new-tech sleuths and tales of diligent as well as discredited investigators, these stories will keep you entertained and aghast at the dark side of daily life. Crime writer Cathy Pickens explores a collection of headline-grabbing tales that shows the sinister side of the Triangle's cities.

Along Freedom Road

murder case against a Washington, North Carolina woman named Joan Little, see Reston, Innocence of Joan Little. Any reader interested in the Joan Little case, however, would benefit by also referring to two articles in Southern Exposure ...

Author: David S. Cecelski

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807860735

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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David Cecelski chronicles one of the most sustained and successful protests of the civil rights movement--the 1968-69 school boycott in Hyde County, North Carolina. For an entire year, the county's black citizens refused to send their children to school in protest of a desegregation plan that required closing two historically black schools in their remote coastal community. Parents and students held nonviolent protests daily for five months, marched twice on the state capitol in Raleigh, and drove the Ku Klux Klan out of the county in a massive gunfight. The threatened closing of Hyde County's black schools collided with a rich and vibrant educational heritage that had helped to sustain the black community since Reconstruction. As other southern school boards routinely closed black schools and displaced their educational leaders, Hyde County blacks began to fear that school desegregation was undermining--rather than enhancing--this legacy. This book, then, is the story of one county's extraordinary struggle for civil rights, but at the same time it explores the fight for civil rights in all of eastern North Carolina and the dismantling of black education throughout the South.