Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-1566-5 • Paperback • March 2015 • $34.00 • (£26.00)
978-1-4422-1567-2 • eBook • September 2013 • $30.00 • (£22.99)
J. Todd Moye is associate professor of history at the University of North Texas and the author of Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen in World War II (Oxford 2010) and Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986 (University of North Carolina Press 2004).
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Ella Baker and the Paradox of Egalitarian Leadership
Chapter 1: A Deep Sense of Community
Chapter 2: Hotbed of Radical Thinking
Chapter 3: Give Light and the People Will Find a Way
Chapter 4: The Hard Job of Getting Down and Helping People
Chapter 5: Bigger Than a Hamburger
Chapter 6: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest
Chapter 7: The Tribe Increases
In this beautifully written, perceptive, and engaging biography, J. Todd Moye introduces a new generation of Americans to Ella Baker, whose ideas and example inspired black and white activists during the Civil Rights years. Her conviction that social movements should be based on grass-roots involvement and group-centered leadership is as relevant today as it was a half century ago.
— John Dittmer, DePauw University
Todd Moye's lively, engaging narrative balances vivid storytelling with thoughtful analysis for a compelling introduction to Ella Baker, arguably the most important leader-organizer-strategist of the 20th Century Black Freedom Struggle. Thanks to Moye's marvelous biography, many more people will know Baker and have a sense, not only of how essential she was to movements for racial justice and human rights, but how much we still have to learn from her.
— Emilye Crosby, author of A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi