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Emancipation Betrayed - book reading/signing (7/28)

Book Reading and signing
Thursday, July 28, 7:00 pm
at the Resource Center for Nonviolence
There will be time for questions and comments.
Refreshments will be served.
New book documents first statewide civil rights movement in U.S.

Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920
by Paul Ortiz, Associate Professor of Community Studies University of California, Santa Cruz

Handed down within black families but unknown among historians, the story of black resistance in Florida from Reconstruction until the bloody election of 1920 is an inspiring chapter of U.S. history. Written for a general audience, Emancipation Betrayed focuses on the African American struggle for voting rights while documenting networks of secret societies, fraternal organizations, labor unions, and churches that black Floridians relied on to organize and sustain themselves in the state with the highest lynching rate in the country.

"They created the first statewide civil rights movement in U.S. history," said Ortiz. "This book is really about what happens when people are faced with political terrorism--how they challenge that and find the courage and self-confidence needed to put together a social movement."

"Paul Ortiz's lyrical and closely argued study introduces us to unknown generations of freedom fighters for whom organizing democratically became in every sense a way of life. Ortiz changes the very ways we think of Southern history as he shows in marvelous detail how Black Floridians came together to defend themselves in the face of terror, to bury their dead, to challenge Jim Crow, to vote, and to dream."--David R. Roediger, author of Colored White: Transcending the Racial Past

Paul Ortíz serves as an associate professor in the Department of Community Studies, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is co-author of Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Jim Crow South and a recipient of the 2002 Lillian Smith Book Prize. Paul's oral history interview work with African American survivors of segregation was heard on a two-part documentary program on segregation titled "Remembering Jim Crow" that aired on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition in 2002 and has been re-broadcast on stations in the US and abroad.

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