Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country

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The Politics of Necessity and Survival in Mississippi, No. 2, 1966

LAWRENCE GUYOT and MIKE THELWELL

Following are excerpts from a two-part article by two leaders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party ( MFDP). Lawrence Guyot was at the time chairman of the MFDP, and Mike Thelwell was director of its Washington office during the 'challenge." The term "relocation of population' used by the Mississippi legislature, is sadly familiar in 1999. It is also interesting that according to this article, the Mississippi Welfare Agency distributed leaflets "extolling the generosity of welfare and wage rates in northern cities."


The New Mississippi Plan: Gradual Depopulation

... The posture of the Government of Mississippi towards the Negro population did not change significantly from 1890 up to the 1950s. At this time, the rumblings caused by the Supreme Court school decision, and the spreading wave of Negro demands for justice caused

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